Now to make power flow to the villages
It is hugely welcome that power supply has finally reached all inhabited villages in India. The goal should now be to reach every home in every village and, further, to ensure quality power supply in rural areas during the day, so that some minimal value addition of village produce making use of electric motors and machinery would be possible. This still remains a far cry. A village is officially classified as electrified if at least 10% of its dwellings have an electric connection. This means that even with a ‘fully electrified’ countryside, millions of villagers could go without power….
— (The Economic Times)
All villages having electricity is good news
Leisang in the hills of Manipur became the 597,464th and the last census village in India to get connected to the electricity grid of the country. This is a remarkable achievement and although work had been going on over the last two decades at a constant pace, it must be said that the Narendra Modi Government had the toughest challenge to connect some of India’s remotest and furthest habitations. This achievement should not be mocked…….
— (The pioneer)
Getting affordable electricity to every household needs sustained policy support
Access to electricity drives the productivity of households, empowers women and enables education and communication. Millions of homes still lack this vital resource in India. And as of April 1, 2015, the official count of unelectrified villages was 18,452. So when Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently announced that all inhabited villages now enjoy electrification, it signalled a significant milestone in the country’s development. It is an achievement that will raise aspirations in the remotest districts…..
— (The Hindu)
After 100% electrification, focus on generation, distribution, pricing
The fact that all of India’s nearly 600,000 villages are electrified is an achievement worth celebrating. That this milestone was achieved 12 days ahead of a 1,000-day target set by the prime minister in 2015 is commendable, and shows that it’s possible for ambitious government programmes to meet their deadlines. Electricity improves quality of life, work, and just about everything else. It also powers the information superhighway which allows even remote villages to be mainstreamed; it is what economists call a force multiplier……..— (Hindustan Times)