In a bid to ensure power supply where grid connectivity is not available, the Centre has adopted an off-grid power supply approach to villages, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said here on Friday.
He said the Centre is already electrifying 2,749 villages through off-grid solar systems. “The majority of these villages are in the border areas of North East. Altogether 979 villages are in the bordering areas of Arunanchal Pradesh only,” said a senior official of the Power Ministry.
“Every state in the country has joined Power for All agreement. All the states have pledged to boost holistic development ofthe village electrification process to provide 24x7 affordable and quality power to all which is planned under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY)," Goyal said.
The government is targeting providing power connections to all hamlets and households by 15 August 2022. At present there are 4.54 rural households which are yet to be electrified out of the total rural households of 17.92 crore, the ministry said. This year the government has given 40 lakh free power connections to BPL families, which was just 9.62 lakh in 2013-14, Goyal said.