Government to bring power to all homes by May 2018: Piyush Goyal
By Express News Service | Published: 20th May 2017 01:00 AM |
NEW DELHI: With renewables tariff already touching new lows, Power Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday reiterated that the government instead of counting 10 per cent households in the village to complete the
process of electrification, is now focusing on providing power connections to each and every household of village, thus providing meaning to the concept of ‘Antyodaya’ (serving the last person).
As many as 13,469 villages have been electrified out of the 18,452 un-electrified census villages in the country as on May 15, 2017, Goyal added.
While addressing a press conference on rural electrification, Goyal said the government will electrify the remaining (3,992) villages by October this year so that all households get electricity in these (18,452) villages by May 1, 2018.
He also highlighted that five times more villages were electrified in 2016-17 under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana as compared to 2013-14 and free electricity connections were provided to 256.81 lakh below poverty line families up to April 30, 2017.
The government has released Rs 7,965.87 crore in 2016-17, which is the highest grant released to states in any financial year, over the years, according to a power ministry statement issued later in the day.
The statement pointed out that additional projects with an outlay of Rs 42,553.17 crore were approved for 32 states/UTs.
Goyal had earlier said that the Centre is ready to fund the smart metering programme in the states. The ministry has successfully deployed more than 350 Gram Vidyut Abhiyantas in the field to monitor the progress of village electrification works.
In addition, an app GARV Mobile App has also been developed for monitoring progress of electrification.