13,469 villages electrified up to 15th May 2017
Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines, Piyush Goyal recently addressed the media on Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY). The Minister said, “Every state in the country has joined Power for All agreement”. All the states have pledged to boost holistic development of entire village electrification process to provide 24x7 affordable and quality power to all which is planned under DDUGJY.
Talking about the impact of good governance in Rural Electrification, Goyal said, “The Government is working on the concept of 4S i.e. Skill, Speed, Scale and now Sewa to improve the lives of the rural populace as the prime priority. We have changed the rules of this game. Instead of counting 10% households in the village to complete electrification process, now the Government is focusing on providing power connections to each and every household of village, thus providing meaning to the concept of ‘Antyodaya’.
Goyal further added that, out of the 18,452 un-electrified census villages in the country, 13,469 villages have been electrified up to 15th May, 2017. A comparison of Achievements and the Physical & Financial Progress under rural electrification scheme in 2013-14 & 2016-17 is given as follows:
*Free electricity connections to BPL Households provided to 256.81Lakh BPL families up to 30th April 2017
** Release of highest ever grant in any FY of Rs 7965.87 Crores to States