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Status of Rural Electrification, Over 12000 Out of 18452 Villages In Rural India Stand Electrified
According to official figures, nearly one third of villages are left (5665) of the total 18452 villages. Time left is nearly 460 days. So 2/3rd of the villages remains to be electrified in nearly 460 days.
The pace of rural electrification in India continued unabated and out of a total of 18452 villages, as on February 6, 2017, as many as 12,033 villages have been electrified and 5,665 remains to be electrified.
The remaining villages (3968- 70%) are now mainly in 4 states including Arunachal Pradesh (1229); Assam (972); Jharkhand (892) and Odisha (875)).
In line with its transparent style of functioning, the ministry of power’s GARV App has made it possible for anyone to check the state by state status of the village electrification process in India. Available data shows that out of a total of 18452 villages, as on February 6, 2017, more than 12,000 villages have been electrified and 5,665 remains to be electrified.
Confident that India will achieve 100% rural electrification by 2018, Finance Minister Arun Jaitely has proposed Rs 4,814 crore as part of budget allocation for government’s rural electrification program -under Deen Daya Upadhyayal Gram Jyoti Yojana meant for facilitating power to all rural homes.