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After over 70 years of Independence, India completes electrification of all of its villages

As per government records, by April 1, 2015, India had about 18,452 unelectrified villages. Since then, until April 28 this year, India managed to electrify close to 16 and a half villages every day

April 29, 2018 / 04:08 PM IST

As electricity reached Manipur’s Leisang village on the evening of Saturday, India, after over 70 years of Independence completed the electrification of all of its villages.

Leisang village, located in the Senapati district of Manipur with its 65-strong population (2011 census), now joins the other 597,463 census villages in the country who have access to electricity.

The idea of electrifying every village in India was conveyed by PM Modi in his August 15 speech in 2015 where he promised electrification all un-electrified villages within 1000 days.

The task which took 988 days (as on April 28, 2018) to complete is being attributed to an effective implementation of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) through Rural Electrification Corporation by the Ministry of Power.