India’s power access ranking rises to 26 from 99, says World Bank; here’s why it happened

By: | Published: May 15, 2017 12:13 PM

PM Modi has underlined the need to bring electricity to every nook and cranny of the country that has not been covered and those that have been so covered must get electricity through the day. This big boost has led to a jump in availability of power to the public.

Piyush Goyal, power minister , Vienna Energy Forum, PM ModiIndia has climbed to the 26th position in the list of electricity accessibility according to the World Bank. (Source: PTI)

India has climbed to the 26th position in the list of electricity accessibility according to the World Bank. India had held the 99th rank in 2014 when the current government took over. Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal has said ”Our ranking has improved to 26 positions from 99. So, it is truly very redeeming feature and satisfying for me that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision particularly to take electricity to every home, particularly to make energy affordable is being furthered very rapidly.” PM Modi has underlined the need to bring electricity to every nook and cranny of the country that has not been covered and those that have been so covered must get electricity through the day. This big boost has led to a jump in availability of power to the public.

Goyal also said that he was confident that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s goal of providing affordable electricity to each and every household will be achieved ahead of schedule. The minister added that the Centre is collaborating with states to ensure that electric power was made available to all households at the earliest.

Prime Minister Modi’s vision of providing electricity to all villages in India by 2019 is progressing swiftly. Check out the statistics. Over 13,000 of 18,452 villages which did not have access to electricity now have access to power. Goyal said a person who applies for electricity connection should be able to get electricity in 24 hours if power infrastructure is available and in areas where there is no power infrastructure a person should expect electricity in a week.

Piyush Goyal who attended the Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) earlier this month said that India received a lot of praise for its effort to provide access to affordable energy to its citizens. Goyal also said that India has lauded for its efforts to the challenge of climate change. Goyal said that the Vienna forum’s focus was on energy access.

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