Rural electrification scheme

Unrealistic initiative

Print edition : October 27, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi , flanked by Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Power Minister R.K. Singh, at a function in New Delhi on September 25 where he announced the Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana scheme to supply electricity to poor households. Photo: PTI

A switchboard, an LEL bulb, and an electricity meter are part of the kit installed in a village household under the rural electrification project at Anandapur in Uttar Pradesh in April 2016. Photo: V.V. Krishnan

The Prime Minister’s announcement of a rural electrification scheme sounds hollow in view of the government’s track record in implementing earlier schemes and conflicting data on households to be covered.
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