PM Modi claims all villages in India electrified, Congress slams NDA govt

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According to government definition, a village is considered electrified if it has the basic electrical infrastructure and 10 per cent of its households and public places have power. When he took office in 2014, there were over 18,400 villages without electricity and last Saturday, Leisang in Manipur became the last village to be connected to the grid.

Talking to news agency ANI, Singh said that the new target has been set after fulfilling the 100 per cent village electrification target before the deadline.

In a country where millions of households are still without electricity, it is indeed a milestone to get the last village in darkness on to the national power grid.

While only around 1,500 villages were electrified at the time of India's independence in 1947, the number reached 481,124 in 1991. The report adds that per latest government data, India has electrified only about 13 per cent of the nearly 36.8 million homes identified in October as needing power. With that, the government has "delivered" on its promise to electrify all 597,464 inhabited villages in India, 1000 days from when Prime Minister Modi made the commitment to do so on 15 August 2015. Still, of the one-quarter of the world's population without electricity that year, about 239 million people were in India, it said. In 60 yrs, Congress average is electrifying 10,000 villages per year.

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The remaining homes without electricity are spread across 24 provinces of the country.

For unelectrified households in remote areas, electrification will involve the provision of power packs of 200 to 300 W (with battery bank) with a maximum of 5 LED lights, 1 DC Fan, and 1 DC power plug. It essentially does not mean that all its habitats have access to electricity. Electricity supply to all villages is a key political plank for the ruling party which faces polls in major states starting in the months ahead and general elections next year. Uttar Pradesh, the giant north Indian state that has the biggest representation in parliament, accounts for 42 percent of the nation's households without electricity access, according to government data. The two countries will work together to make worldwide relations more democratic, increase the representation and say of developing countries and emerging markets, support the multilateral trading regime, oppose protectionism and work for an open, inclusive, balanced and win-win economic globalization that benefits all. The objective of the Saubhagya Yojna or Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojna is to provide energy access to each household, the next step after getting all villages connected to the power grid.

The Congress hit back and its chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted: "Dear Amit Shahji, India has 6,49,867 villages".

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