Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said India plans to provide affordable electricity to all households in the next five years.
“The government of India aims to provide 24x7 electricity to all households in the country and affordable access to electricity in the next 5 years,” Prime Minister Singh said while inaugurating an international seminar on energy access organised by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and CII here on Tuesday.
Singh also said the government was taking steps to provide cooking gas to all rural households. At present around 12 per cent of around 190 million rural households today use LPG to meet their cooking energy needs.
“Giving all the 240 million households in the country an entitlement of six LPG cylinders per year will require only around 25 million tonnes of LPG, Singh said.