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All Indian Villages Now Have Electricity, After Last Village In Manipur Gets Electrified

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| April 29 , 2018 , 11:58 IST

In a significant step for the nation, all Indian villages now have access to electricity after the last village of Leisang in Senapati district of Manipur was brought on the national power grid on Saturday, resulting in all of 597,464 villages in India being electrified.

At the time of its launch, a total of Rs 75,893 crore had been allocated to the marque Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) for electrification of villages through the State-run Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) nodal agency under the NDA government.

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Initially, there were 18,452 un-electrified census villages and during the project work it was discovered that another 1,275 villages also didn't have electricity access.  

“We are just absolutely thrilled, excited and delighted. We have fulfilled our mandate, our promise and the work allotted to us by the government and the honourable Prime Minister,” P.V. Ramesh, chairman and managing director, REC said to Live Mint.

A village is declared to be electrified if 10 percent of the households can access power in addition to public institutions such as schools, the panchayat office, health centres, dispensaries and community centres.

The DDUGJY set up micro-grid and off-grid distribution networks, feeder separation, strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution network and metering at all levels for electrification of the villages.

By providing access to electricity, the government hopes to encourage villagers into using electricity rather than fossil fuels for their various needs, thereby reducing the imports of fossil fuels overall.