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Reacting to the announcement, AICC media incharge Randeep Surjewala said, ‘Dear Amit Shahji, India has 6,49,867 villages. According to norms, at least 10 per cent of households of such a village should have access to electricity through the basic infrastructure established. This definition should change to include all households.

The government said the reason some states fewer homes had power depended on a number of issues – including location, topography, size, resources and "also because of varying efforts made by the States for household electrification". India’s goal should be to provide electricity to every household and ensure reliable supply. "Basically most villages in the country were already on the grid by the time Modi came to power but headlines and BJP friendly journos make it appear that most villages were not electrified before 2014", she added. The official website for Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDU GJY) displayed the news about 100% electrification prominently on its homepage. "I can tell you here that the Congress party will win Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and the 2019 Lok Sabha elections", he said.

A study in the year 2014 by the World Bank said, "India’s energy sector problems keep 300 million without power, with 200 million of them in villages that are considered "electrified". Critics pointed out that electrification does not equate taking electricity to every home. India’s annual per capita power consumption is around 1100 kWh, among the lowest in the world.

The answer to that lies in the curious way in which governments have defined electrification over the years. If we take the figure given by government on Saubhagya homepage at face value, going at this rate, it will take at least 3 more years (31361705 households remaining / 24906.50 per day ) to electrify the remaining 3,13,61,705 households.

Union minister for Power R K Singh today said the government was committed to ensure electricity to every household in the country and connections are being given to BPL houses. "We have set a target of connecting each household in the country by December 31, 2018", he said. It must be noted that the government’s definition of "electrified" is very limited as it only means that there are wires from power plants to every village. "I am sure that we will achieve this target". And, all the states are signatories to that. They posted the names of their villages where electricity has not yet reached even though the government says 100% electrification has been achieved. About 41 million households, constituting 16% of the total households, have to be electrified for India to meet its March 2019 target of universal electrification.

Earlier in 2015, Centre had identified 18,452 villages to be electrified under the Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana. Until 2004, a village was certified as electrified if power was being used within its inhabited area for any objective whatsoever. The strategy is similar to the one when the PM’s office tweets or announces a PSLV launch or a similar event; the social media wing of the BJP then jumps in, congratulating their leader for the milestone without addressing any of the work that went before. "This is what our government is doing by telling us all villages are electrified". And to take electricity to all households by the end of 2018, the government has launched the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana or the Saubhagya scheme.

Prime Minister Modi had promised in his Independence Day speech in 2015 that his government would bring electricity to all villages within 1,000 days. Either the numbers indicate that the rate of village electrification is falling because there are fewer villages left to connect now, and the ones that are remaining are hard because of various reasons. The big challenge for the government is to install electrical connections to millions of homes that are still off the grid.

"Is it not true that 5,61,613 villages (94%) had been electrified by October 2013, long before Mr Modi became PM?" Moving men and material was hard not only because of inhospitable terrain, but also because some villages in Chhattisgarh were located in areas affected by Maoist violence.

Leisang Village of Senapati is around 80 Kms away from Imphal, in the remote area without proper infrastructure. Of the left out 1 crore rural households in the state, around 8 lakh households have been provided electricity connections so far. In that last lap, the highest number of unelectrified villages were in Odisha (3,474), followed by 2,892 in Assam, 2,747 in Bihar and 2,525 in Jharkhand.