The Narendra Modi government is on its way to fulfilling its promise of electrifying villages ahead of deadline.
The Narendra Modi government is on its way to fulfilling its promise of electrifying villages ahead of deadline. On Wednesday, the government is scheduled to clear another plan of lighting up rural homes within the span of just two years, Times of India reported. The Cabinet’s economic affairs panel during its meeting on Wednesday is expected to take up the plan called ‘Saubhagya’ which is estimated to cost around Rs 17,000 crore, according to government officials.
PM Narendra Modi led government on August 15, 2015 had taken up the task of electrifying all 18,452 unelectrified villages within the period of 1,000 days. The target which was set for the power ministry has been almost fulfilled and only 3,046 inhabited villages remain. The the goal is set to be achieved ahead of deadline. Former power minister Piyush Goyal had ensured rapid pace in which the work.
BJP first provided benefit of free LPG connection to the poor households followed by rapid electrification of rural areas. Power for all rural homes is set to be the next big step. Electrifying houses in this scale will yield social and economic dividends by boosting the demand for electronic appliances which will also help the manufacturing sector. Modi government led similar scheme Ujala (the scheme to popularize LED bulbs and other energy efficient appliances) too will benefit from this plan.