Recently PM Narendra Modi announced that the target to electrify villages of the country has been met.
28th April 2018 will be remembered as a historic day in the development journey of India. Yesterday, we fulfilled a commitment due to which the lives of several Indians will be transformed forever! I am delighted that every single village of India now has access to electricity. – Modi on Twitter
But the reality is slightly grey. I noticed on the official website that the claim was correct but it did not give the whole picture.
To understand this issue, we will have to start with the definition of village electrification.
Definition of Village Electrification:
The government considers a village electrified if it has a basic electrical infrastructure and 10% of its households and public places including schools, local administrative offices, and health centers have power.
It can be easily understood that only 10% is not enough. Since this definition is followed to consider villages electrified, one can easily understand that most households are still powerless.
The real condition:
We have seen that only 10% of the villages have been electrified, but the reality is that even those are not receiving the proper supply of electricity.
Many electrified villages are not receiving regular electricity. Power cuts are high and long.
The definition does not cover this factor since the electrical equipment is of no use if no electricity is available. Farmers cannot take benefit from electrically powered tools for farming and are still stuck with traditional and labor-intensive methods.
Even though the present condition is not suffecient, but it has laid the foundation for the future efforts.
Here are some of the methods we need to deploy to improve the situation:
- Increase the number of power plants
- Increase efficiency of power plants
- Improve our power grid effeciency and improve the distribution system
- Work on reducing power theft
And many more such steps must be taken to ensure proper electrification.
India depends on its villages and we can only truly develop when our villages are electrified since other technologies work by utilizing electricity.
Serious steps should be taken in this regard to ensure better life and progress for our fellow village man.
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