The government has declared 2019 as the target date for every Indian household to get electricity. But a Factchecker analysis reveals that at current rates of electrification, it will take more than four years to provide power to all rural households alone.
To meet its 2019 target, the government will need to electrify more than 2.7 million households every month or over four times the current rate of 633,630 per month.
More than 78 percent rural households in the country are electrified, power minister RK Singh told the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament) on 6 February, 2018.
About 80 percent of rural households have been electrified as on 12 February, 2018, according to the real-time dashboard of Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Prime Minister’s Easy Electricity for Every Household Scheme), or the Saubhagya scheme, launched on 25 September, 2017 to electrify all rural and urban households. Read More…