On Saturday, electricity reached the last non-electrified Indian village named Leisang in Senapati district of Manipur to join India’s mainline supply network and electricity officially reached to all villages of the entire nation.
In a maiden electric achievement, Manipur’s Leisang village became the last non-electrified inhabited village of India to have joined the national power grid on Saturday. This means, all 597,464 inhabited villages across the nation are now connected to the mainline supply network and have access to electricity. While these villages are connected to the mainline power network, basic electric infrastructure like distribution transformer and lines are yet to be installed as per local adaptability. Besides Leisang, village named Pakol, also in Manipur, became the last inhabited village to be powered through the off-grid system like isolated supply networks, mostly with solar power plants.
This comes as a fulfilment of the promise made by PM Modi back in August 2015 to that all non-electrified villages of India will receive electricity within 1000 days. When Modi made his promise in 2015, a total of 18,452 villages were reported to be un-electrified and later, another 1,275 villages were found to be without access to electricity. Talking about the achievement, Modi took it to Twitter and said, “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”.
However, one must note that all the villages that are counted as “electrified”, still lack basic infrastructure to make electricity accessible in households. In fact, most of these villages are counted in as electrified even if just 10% of its households and public places such as schools, panchayat office and health centre have access to electricity. And the government is yet to develop infrastructure which makes electricity reach all households and provide them with connections that supply enough power for the homes. While this is seen as a huge achievement, it is rather just sowing of a seed towards complete electrification if Indian rural inhabitations and there are bigger tasks for the government to deal with.