Manipur's Leisang becomes last Indian village to get electricity

Manipur's Leisang becomes last Indian village to get electricity

Manipur's Leisang becomes last Indian village to get electricity

The Indian government says it has reached a key milestone: Every one of the country's 600,000 villages now has access to electricity.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed on Sunday that the feat was achieved on Saturday when Manipur's Leisang village became the last to be electrified. "This news will make every Indian proud and delighted", Modi tweeted. There are almost 600,000 villages in the country, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised that they would all be connected to power within 1,000 days of August 2015.

The government is not considering modifying the current much-criticised definition of an electrified village, which counts a village as electrified if at least 10% of its households have an electricity connection, according to a senior official in the Ministry of Power.

The final village to be connected under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) scheme was Leisang village in Manipur.

"As per recent reports from the States, household electrification level in rural areas is more than 82 per cent ranging from 47to 100 per cent across various States". It essentially does not mean that all its habitats have access to electricity.

While talking exclusively to India Today TV, Scindia, who is Chief whip of the principal opposition party in Lok Sabha, said, "That fact (India being electrified) cannot be disputed but the fact that can be disputed is the rate of electrification". This is - celebrating inefficiencies ' and taking fake credit' for Congress work, Surjewala tweeted. But in the rural electrification scheme, only the remaining 3% of villages have been provided power.

"To come out of this dichotomy or contradiction, the government of India has already chose to go for full household electrification", Mr. Verma added. 80 lakh villages in the country. Village Saprum, barely 90 km from Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, which even boasts a railway station - albeit 1.5 km away - has had poles without electricity for two years, and counting.

With electricity now reaching all 597,464 census villages, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's aim of providing all Indian households access to electricity is a step closer to reality. As of October, 36.8 million houses across India needed electricity; last week, government data showed that only 13 per cent of those houses had since been wired. 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.

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