After 70 years of Indian independence India finally fulfils its pilot project of granting electricity to its 5,97,464 villages and lighten up their homes with joy.
Under the aegis of Modi government India’s rural electrification drive has reached as far as Leisang village in Manipur.
This historic target was achieved 12 days ahead of the deadline set by the Modi government, on 28th April 2018,
“28th April 2018 will be remembered as a historic day in the development journey of India. Yesterday, we fulfilled a commitment due to which the lives of several Indians will be transformed forever! I am delighted that every single village of India now has access to electricity,” Modi tweeted.
When the Modi government came to power in 2014 as many as 18,452 villages were without electricity.
Once the government launched its village electrification scheme under Deendayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) an estimated 18, 452 villages came under its ambit. An additional 1,275 villages were added to the list subsequently.
The electrification scheme and the LPG connection schemes are the pet schemes which will soar Modi’s popularity and set BJP’s launch pad for the 2019 elections.
Celebrating the unrestrained efforts of all the hardworking officials who worked day and night to realize the dream of #PowerfulIndia, Modi said ”their efforts will help generations of Indians incoming years.”
In his 2015 Independence Day speech, Modi announced that his government can supply power to all the villages within 1000 days, but reached the target in just 987 days, which is a tremendous achievement.
Training his guns at the opposition BJP President Amit Shah took this opportunity to launch a scathing attack at Congress and tweeted, “Today, the entire nation is celebrating power for every single village while the Congress is mourning the loss of power for one family.”
The Congress in its reply however took the credit of electrifying 1,07,600 villages during the UPA regime. The opposition parties even blamed Railway Minister Piyush Goyal of posting “fake” satellite images of the government’s successful rural electrification program.
Goyal courted controversy after he tweeted before and after satellite images of India lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to brighten up rural India.
“Under the decisive leadership of PM Narendra Modi, India has finally been able to electrify all its villages before the set target date. With the elimination of darkness from the lives of fellow Indian villagers, we commit ourselves to building a new and #PowerfulIndia,” he had tweeted.
The minister however supported his story by producing NASA and Nat Geo article links of the rural electrification program in a tweet saying, ”There is nothing fake about the latest NASA images depicting the humongous change in India’s brightness at night. The National Geographic also analysed this data and credited rural electrification among others.”
But some of the critics claim that the goal achieved is not an achievement quite praiseworthy as only 3% villages have access to power of which most are not densely populated. As per reports around 3.14 crore of rural households still don’t have access to electricity. The government has pledged the electrification of these remaining villages by the end of 2018 under the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj bijli Har Ghar Yojana or Saubhagya scheme.
According to reports a village is considered electrified if 10% of its households and public places are connected and after such a great initiative undertaken by the Modi government India is not far away from its dream of 100% electrification.