India needs a nearly sixfold jump in pace of electrification if the targets set under the Saubhagya scheme are to be met.
The government will have to electrify about 2.7 million households every month to cover more than 40 million households in the next 15 months, as per the target laid under the scheme.
The current rate of electrification is just 475,000 households per month, according to data available with the power ministry.
In the past few weeks, the government has been consistently electrifying more than 120,000 households.
he rate is much higher than that seen earlier but still less than a fifth of the rate required to meet the Saubhagya scheme targets.
As per the data, in September 486,924 households were given connections, up from 447,112 households in August and 338,569 in July.
The Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, or Saubhagya scheme, worth over Rs 16,000 crore for universal household electrification, will cover a total of 30 million households, 25 million in rural areas and five million
in urban areas.
A closer look at the data available on the power ministry’s Garv portal showed that the household electrification is being carried out in all the states including more than 100,000 each in Bihar and Uttar Prades.
These states together account for 45% of India’s unelectrified villages.
However, the pace may not be enough considering the stringent timeline of December 2018, months ahead of the ensuing assembly polls.
With inputs from: The Economic Times
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