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India completes electrification of all of its villages, after over 70 years of Independence India completes electrification of all of its villages, after over 70 years of Independence
Sunday, 29 Apr 2018 18:00 pm
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s electricity reached Manipur’s Leisang village during the evening on Saturday, India, after more than 70 years of Independence completed the electrification of all of its villages.

Leisang village is located in the Senapati district of Manipur with its 65-strong population (2011 census) which now joins the other 597,463 census villages in the country who has the access to electricity.

The idea of electrifying every village in India was said by PM Modi in his August 15 speech in 2015 where he had promised electrification all un-electrified villages within 1000 days.

The task took 988 days (as on April 28, 2018) to complete and is being attributed to an effective implementation of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) through Rural Electrification Corporation by the Ministry of Power.

Prime Minister Modi also tweeted about the development this morning.

 

28th April 2018 will be remembered as a historic day in the development journey of India. Yesterday, we fulfilled a commitment due to which the lives of several Indians will be transformed forever! I am delighted that every single village of India now has access to electricity.


— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 29, 2018

By April 1, 2015, as per government records, India had about 18,452 unelectrified villages. Since then until April 28, 2018, India has managed to electrify close to 16 and a half villages every day. 

There were 1275 additional villages that had no electricity as per the DDUGJY website. These villages are also been included in the national power grid or have been electrified by off-grid solutions.

In another tweet this morning, Prime Minister Modi credited “all those who worked tirelessly on the ground, including the team of officials, the technical staff”.

I salute the efforts of all those who worked tirelessly on the ground, including the team of officials, the technical staff and all others, to make this dream of a #PowerfulIndia a reality. Their efforts today will help generations of Indians in the coming years. pic.twitter.com/t8WjZgpNuT

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 29, 2018

As per data from the World Bank, about 79.17% of India had access to electricity in 2014.

An electrified village as per the government definition, has the following: (i) provision of basic infrastructure such as distribution transformers and lines in the inhabited locality, (ii) provision of electricity in public places like schools, panchayat office, health centers, dispensaries, and community centers, and (iii) at least 10% of the total number of households in the village are electrified.

Piyush Goyal the BJP leader and current Minister of Railways and Coal, who was at the helm of the power ministry between 2014 and 2017, tweeted to express his contentment.

Under the decisive leadership of PM, @NarendraModi India has finally been able to electrify all its villages before the set target date. With the elimination of darkness from the lives of fellow Indian villagers, we commit ourselves to building a new and #PowerfulIndia pic.twitter.com/TJ8irmx4tk


— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) April 29, 2018