On last Saturday, electricity reached Leisang village, which is in the Senapati district of Manipur. This is indeed milestone news for India as the country has now completed electrification of all its villages. In his Independence Day speech in 2015, PM Narendra Modi promised electrification of all in-electrified villages within 1000 days. Eventually, the task was completed within 988 days under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Yojana (DDUGJY) through Rural Electrification Corporation by the Ministry of Power. PM Narendra Modi thanked everyone associated with the uphill task, tweeting, “I salute the efforts of all those who worked tirelessly on the ground, including the team of officials, the technical staff and others, to make this dream of a #PowerfulIndia a reality. Their efforts today will help generations of Indians in the coming years.”
According to government statistics, all of India’s 594,464 census villages have been electrified. But this doesn’t imply everyone living in all the villages have access to power. According to government policy, a village is electrified if it has basic electrical infrastructure and 10% of its households and public places including schools, local administrative offices and health centres have power. No doubt, power shortage has remained one of the biggest weaknesses for India, the third largest economy of the Asian continent. Power shortages often induce blackouts and industries and hospitals have to rely on diesel run generators for makeshift power supply. In 2015, World Bank in a report mentioned India and Nigeria to be the joint toppers of most power deficient countries. Electrification of all the villages is definitely a huge boon to India’s power infrastructure and indirectly a great to boom industrial units as well.
The Narendra Modi government is definitely going to highlight this special achievement in the days to come, especially in the Lok Sabha campaign. At present, India is looking forward to develop infrastructure for alternative energy resources.