Since PM Modi came to power in 2014 the government had set several milestones to bring electricity in all rural areas by May 1, and then to all homes of India by the end of 2018. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government had set an unforced target electrifying every home which has to a failure.
Before national elections early this year the party showcased the success of a marquee $2.3 billion development goal which is delayed. The government’s Press Information Bureau reported on a statement on Monday that though the Government has been successful in bringing electricity connections to 23.9 million households across 25 states, still 1.05 million homes in four states have not yet get electricity.
Power Minister RK Singh has assured recently on late November that the government will fulfill its Dec 31 target very soon, previously which was moved up by three months.
Abhishek Jain, leader of energy access practice at the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water said that “The houses that remain to be electrified are the most challenging ones to reach, and that shouldn’t take away from the unprecedented work done. The attention now needs to shift to service quality, including regular billing and reliable supply. Without that, we run the risk of several consumers getting disconnected in the long run.”
Bharatiya Janata Party has been blamed several times for dissatisfaction and joblessness by other political parties. In this situation electrification success undoubtedly would be a great success for PM Modi and the BJP for election in the coming months.
Since PM Modi came to power in 2014 the central government has set several milestones for bringing electricity to all the villages by May 1, then to every home by the end 2018 and then to ensure the uninterrupted electricity supply by March 31.
BJP, in 2017 planned to set out electrify nearly 40 million homes but the target is diminishing along the way. Totally 25 million homes targeted for electrification, which is less than one-third of the original plan.PV Ramesh, chairman of REC Ltd., which is carrying out the rural electrification activities, said that the target was reconsidered descending to account for families that migrated to cities and households living under one roof that were grouped together for a common power connection.
The time limit was brought forward from its original March 31. On Monday government said that the state of Uttar Pradesh has started to find out any “left out” households and provide electrical connections. On Dec. 31 target there was no mention of Assam, Rajasthan, Meghalaya and Chhattisgarh electrifying project.
Kameswara Rao, who leads power and mining practices at PwC India, said that “Completing this program in a time-bound manner is a big achievement, but it will have to be complemented with more reforms at the state utility level.”