The Power Ministry on Monday said it has achieved the target of electrification of 7,000 villages in this FY2016.
During last week (from 21st to 27th March 2016) 196 villages have been electrified across the country under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY), of these electrified villages, 75 are in Assam, 22 in Arunachal Pradesh, 22 in Bihar, 20 in Chhattisgarh, 16 in Odisha, 16 in Jharkhand, 11 villages in Uttar Pradesh, 9 in Madhya Pradesh, 4 in Manipur and 1 in Rajasthan.
The power ministry in a statement said “during 2015-16, 7012 villages have been electrified till date. Out of remaining 11440 villages, 7843 villages are to be electrified through grid, 3148 villages are to be electrified through off- grid where grid solutions are out of reach due to geographical barriers and 449 villages are to be electrified by State Govt own. Total 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.” Additionally 5358 villages were electrified from 15th August 2015 to 27th March 2016.
To accelerate the progress further, a close monitoring is being done through Gram Vidyut Abhiyanta (GVA), the Ministry is also taking various actions like reviewing the progress on monthly basis during the RPM meeting, sharing list of villages which are at the stage of under energisation with the state Discom, identifying the villages where milestone progress are delayed.