Government's rural electrification claim yet another lie: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi

Leisang Of Manipur last village to be electrified all villages in India now have electricity

Leisang Of Manipur last village to be electrified all villages in India now have electricity

"Dear Modiji, On 26th May, 2014; only 18,452 villages were without electrification. Just look at our average and the average of the Modi government in the past four years", said Mr. Khera.

Leisang: The Last village to be electrified under the Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana is Leisang village located in Senapati district in Manipur.

More than 80 per cent rural homes in the country - and not the 10 per cent necessary to declare a village electrified - have electricity, the government said today. Now all 597,464 inhabited villages in the country have access to power, with that Prime Minister Narendra Modi fulfilled the promise he had made on August 15, 2015, when he announced that all unelectrified villages would get power over the next 1000 days. According to the Government's 2006 rural electrification policy, a village is deemed "electrified" if basic infrastructure, such as a transformer and distribution lines, have been set up in the inhabited locality, which is includes a "Dalit basti".

In an explanatory note on their website, the Congress said the definition of an electrified village requires only 10% of the households to have connections and power supply to common properties like schools, dispensary, among others. The scheme is aimed at improving India's per capita power consumption of around 1,200 kWh, which is among the lowest in the world.

"As per recent reports from the states, household electrification level in rural areas is more than 82 per cent, ranging from 47 to 100 per cent across various states". While initially, the deadline for this was March 2019, it has now been advanced to December 2018.

Congress communications incharge Randeep Surjewala said this government was celebrating its inefficiencies and taking "fake credit" for the work done by the previous Congress governments as only 18,452 villages were without electrification when this government came to power.

The total outlay of the project is Rs 16, 320 crore while the Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) is Rs 12,320 crore.

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