The government on Thursday crossed another important benchmark when it crossed the 13,000 mark in its attempts to electrify villages in Rural India.
With 13,002 out of 18,452 villages electrified as on March 30, 2017, the promise to provide ‘Power To All” seems a close reality now.
“A moment of pride as we have electrified over 13,000 out of 18,452 villages. The remaining villages will be electrified by May 2018,” tweeted union minister of state (I/C) for power, RE, coal and mines, Mr Piyush Goyal on Thursday.
Just two years back, it was difficult to imagine that the “fruits of development” will actually be visible so soon in the power sector and more importantly when it comes to rural electrification, a subject that stood ignored for many years.
Therefore when in 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the nation that there were more than 18,000 villages in India that are not connected with electricity but assured that they will get this basic facility within the next 1,000 days, it was difficult to believe if this assurance would actually see the light of the day.
A moment of pride as we have electrified over 13,000 out of 18,452 villages. The remaining villages will be electrified by May 2018. pic.twitter.com/Gqu6XY4B4w
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) March 30, 2017
PM Modi from the ramparts of the Red Fort in 2015 had called for the electrification of all remaining 18,452 villages in 1000 days. He mentioned how these 18,000 plus villages need electricity and that there were not even electricity poles. “In the next 1,000 days we will ensure they get it,” PM Modi had assured the nation.
However, with already 13,002 villages of India being electrified, the target to cover 18,452 is all to be wrapped up way before the 2019 deadline.
Recently, Union Minister of Finance, Defence and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley clearly emphasised his Government’s focus, which he said included two important areas including building infrastructure on war footing and substantial expenditure on development of rural India, where he mentioned that every village in India is electrified by 2018.
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