It is almost unbelievable to see how Modi government achieved the rural electrification just in a span of 4 years. The work which was impossible for 70 years, has been achieved in 4 years which shows that what was required was commitment and the will power.
Government to government data, they have now achieved 100% household electrification in 14 states under Soubhaya Scheme. Saubhagya scheme provides free electricity connections to all households to both above poverty line and poor families in rural areas and to poor families in urban areas. The government had set the target of 100% household electrification by March 2019. But the power ministry reiterated on several occasions that it will achieve the aim by the end of this year.
According to Saubhagya Yojana real-time dashboard, 20,77,57,408 households have been electrified, while 95,77,641 are yet to be electrified. With 1,50,57,882 households, West Bengal has topped the list highest house electrification.
The 14 states which now have 100% electricity include,
West Bengal: 1,50,57,882 households
Bihar: 1,39,73,122 households
Madhya Pradesh: 1,26,21,007 households
Andhra Pradesh: 1,14,25,248 households
Gujarat: 1,14,14,532 households
Tamil Nadu: 1,02,85,848 households
Kerala: 98,13,032 households
Telangana: 65,13,375 households
Punjab: 36,89,970 households
Jammu & Kashmir: 24,39,547 households
Tripura: 7,88,783 households
Mizoram: 2,41,682 households
Goa: 1,28,208 households
Puducherry: 95,616 households
According to the government, each day 1 lakh households are getting electrified. If the government accelerates the process from the current 1.1 lakh to 1.9 lakh households a day, the December-end deadline can be achieved.
In April 2018, the government had announced that there was 100% electrification of villages, which means making infrastructure available for making electricity available to each and every village. The next target is to make electricity available to each household. Over 18,000 villages were not electrified when the Narendra Modi government took over in 2014.
Global energy watchdog International Energy Agency (IEA) recently called India a star performer for 100% village electrification. It said it one of greatest success stories of access to energy in 2018 and that the next step of 100% household electrification will be a huge step towards universal household access.
Source: Financial Express