Addressing a press conference on the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojna, Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal, on Friday, said that rural electrification is a concept and a dream of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee that was conceptualised 13 years ago and thereafter it was proposed that the electrification of 1 lakh villages and around 1 cr households would be carried out. The Narendra Modi-led NDA government is now working towards bringing power to all Indian villages in as short a period as possible, he indicated.
“The current Bharatiya Janata Party government under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi, soon after coming into power in 2014, made a practical blueprint to implement Vajpayee’s dream. In July 2014 budget, FM Arun Jaitley announced that the ‘Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojna’ work should be accelerated and central government will help states in all possible ways in implementing the same.” Goyal added further.
Further in his note, Goyal stated that more than 13,000 out of 18452 villages (pointed out by the previous government) have been electrified till now and only around 3,900 villages are remaining. “Our target was to provide electricity to every home in these villages by May 2018, but I am happy to say we will complete it way before,” Goyal said.
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Production of electricity is not just ‘adequate’ for just our needs but is actually ‘surplus’ in India, Goyal added and said that the more you supply electricity the more your losses will get reduced. If electricity is provided fairly, people of India are willing to pay their electricity bills on time, he added. The power minister also informed that if infrastructure of electricity is ready in a particular village, households are entitled to get electricity within seven days. For poor people, the set will be free of cost and for other it will be as per the state structure, he added.
Goyal also stated government’s plan to introduce smart electricity meters in these villages at the earliest. He also said that many state governments have informed us that there are more villages beyond the 18, 452 mark and the Central government has made sure that all these villages will be electrified before August 15, 2022. Further explaining ministry’s work model, Goyal said our mantra is speed, skill and scale and along with the we have added ‘Sewa’ (Service) to it.