A total of 12,364 villages have been electrified under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) program as of February 28, 2017. A total of 6,088 villages are yet to be electrified.
There were 18,452 un-electrified villages in the country as of April 1, 2015. Out of these 12,364 villages have been electrified by February 28, 2017, stated Mr. Piyush Goyal, Minister for Power, in the Rajya Sabha.
Though the numbers look impressive on paper, it is important to note that the government considers a village electrified if 10 percent of households and all public spaces have access to electricity.
The Government of India launched the DDUGJY program in December of 2014 for separation of agriculture and non-agriculture feeders, to strengthen and augment the sub-transmission and distribution infrastructure in rural areas, including metering at distribution transformers, feeders and consumers end, and rural electrification.
Under the DDUGJY program, funds are released against approved projects, in installments, based on achieving the specified milestones and fulfillment of other conditions.
Saumy is a senior staff reporter with MercomIndia.com covering business and energy news since 2016. Prior to Mercom, Saumy was a copy editor at Thomson Reuters. Saumy earned his Bachelors Degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from the Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal University. More articles from Saumy Prateek.