Even though Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that all 5,97,464 villages in India now have access to power, about a fifth of the rural households still don’t have electricity.
More than 3.1 crore of over nearly 18 crore rural homes have no access to power, according to the Saubhagya (power for all) scheme website. A village is considered electrified if it boasts of basic electrical infrastructure and even if 10 percent of the homes have power.
Around 95 percent Indian villages were electrified by 2014, the year Modi government came to power, according to data by the Central Electricity Authority of India. The pace of taking power to the rest was slower, partly because 60 percent of the 18,374 connected in the last four years were either in areas affected by left extremism or were located in remote or hilly regions, according to a statement by the Power Ministry.