Source: News Bharati English08 Aug 2016 11:37:57

New Delhi, August 8: With an aim to electrify the villages of India, a total of 9,653 villages have been electrified till date. 327 villages have been electrified across the country during last week (from 1st to 7th August 2016) under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY). Out of these electrified villages, 7 villages belong to Arunachal Pradesh, 12 to Assam, 10 to Bihar, 4 to Chattisgarh, 68 to Jharkhand, , 4 to Madhya Pradesh, 11 to Manipur, 136 to Meghalaya, 8 to Nagaland, 24 to Odisha, 6 to Rajasthan, 2 to Tripura, 31 to Uttar Pradesh and 1 each to Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka and Mizoram. The progress of ongoing electrification process can be tracked on total of 9,653 villages have been electrified till date. 1654 villages were electrified during April 2015 to 14th Aug 2015 and after taking initiative by Government of India for taking it on mission mode, 7,999 additional villages have been electrified from 15th August 2015 to 7th August, 2016. Out of remaining 8,799 villages, 525 villages are uninhabited. 5,425 villages are to be electrified through grid, 2,620 villages to be electrified through off-grid where grid solutions are out of reach due to geographical barriers and 229 villages are to be electrified by State Government.

In order to expedite the progress further, a close monitoring is being done through Gram Vidyut Abhiyanta (GVA) and various actions are also being taken on regular basis like reviewing the progress on monthly basis during the RPM meeting, sharing of list of villages which are at the stage of under energization with the state DISCOM, identifying the villages where milestone progress are delayed.

In view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to nation, on Independence Day, Government of India has decided to electrify remaining 18,452 un-electrified villages within 1000 days i.e. by 01st May, 2018.  The project has been taken on mission mode and strategy for electrification consists of squeezing the implementation schedule to 12 months and also dividing village electrification process in 12 Stage milestones with defined timelines for monitoring.