100% rural electrification no measure of power connectivity; ailing discoms, unreliable supply larger problem, says survey


100% rural electrification no measure of power connectivity; ailing discoms, unreliable supply larger problem, says survey

The Narendra Modi government claims that it has nearly completed its goal to electrify 100 percent rural households, under its flagship programme Saubhagya Yojna. However, a survey on rural electrification in India found that merely having an electric connection doesn’t solve the problems of rural consumers.

The survey report based on customer behaviour and demand prepared by Smart Power India (SPI), a subsidiary of Rockefeller Foundation, in collaboration with Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy (ISEP) provided fresh insights into the dynamics and fast-changing rural electricity market in India.

The survey found that mere access to the grid electricity doesn’t ensure that rural customers can actually use electricity. High dependence on diesel generators and rural household consumption remaining much lower than national residential consumption are all telltale signs. Read More

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