A step ahead for the development of the country, electricity has now been made available to each of 5,97,464 villages of India, the last being Leisand village of Manipur which was electrified today. A hefty sum of Rs 75,893 crore had been provided to the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) for electrification of villages via the State-run Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) nodal agency, which came under the NDA government. Electrification, in this instance means that a village should be able to access electricity in at least 10 percent of the households that come under its area, and most importantly, in Schools, health centres, where it is important that electricity be available for full days.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was thrilled from the news, and likewise, wrote on twitter, “Leisang village in Manipur, like the thousands of other villages across India has been powered and empowered! This news will make every Indian proud and delighted.”
The news is significant because there had been 18,452 un-electrified census villages in India, and now, slowly, but steadily, they all have been electrified, which is important for the citizens of India, and a reminder that the country is indeed heading toward a more developed future. The villages have been provided with electricity either through the national grid, or from off grid plans, that have made it possible to achieve this landmark.