Electricity is a key contributor to a country’s economic growth and with 70% of the Indian population residing in rural villages, electrifying rural areas become immensely important. When an area is electrified, it not just lights the homes or powers the appliances but more importantly, it boosts the social and economic well-being of the entire community.
It provides access to modern & efficient healthcare services, facilitates the growth of small businesses, contributes to increasing the crop yield of farmers through improved agricultural techniques, boosts the productivity of women and children through enhanced lighting post-sunset and ensures better safety for them especially at nights.
Ensuring access to affordable, reliable and modern energy for all by 2030 is also one of the key Sustainable Development Goals-SDG 7 set by the United Nations. his universal access to electricity has been the top agenda for our Government as well which has shown its continuous commitment and can be witnessed from the growth at which the villages have connected to the grid in the past 3-4 years.
Nearly 6 lakh census villages were brought under the national grid over the three years between August 2015 and April 2018. 28 April 2018 marks a remarkable date in the history of India when the country announced the connectivity of its last village – Leisang village of Manipur on the national power grid.
This saw the culmination of the Rs 76,000 crore Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY), which promised to energize every village in the country and facilitated the
creation of basic electricity infrastructure.