Earlier govts, then Congress President failed to fulfil household electrification promise: Modi

All villages in India were electrified by April 28, 2018, says the Prime Minister

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday blamed earlier governments, particularly then Congress President Sonia Gandhi, for not fulfilling the promise of electrifying all households by 2009.

“Earlier governments made promises, which they failed to fulfil. Then Congress President [Sonia Gandhi] said all households would be electrified by 2009. But that did not happen even in 2009, 2010 or 2011,” Mr. Modi said during an interaction with the beneficiaries of ₹16,320-crore Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saughagya) on July 19.

Mr. Modi said that the promises made by earlier governments were not fulfilled because there was no serious leader, and now they [Opposition] were finding faults with schemes and programmes being implemented by the present government.

He said that all villages in India were electrified by April 28, 2018, which is a historic date, adding, it was pity that after 70 years of independence, people don’t have access to electricity.

The Saughagya scheme was launched September 2017 under which about 3.6 crore households would be electrified by March 31, 2019. However, the government is aiming to complete it by December 31, 2018, under Saubhagya.

Earlier this month, Power Ministers of all States and Union Territories were unanimous on electrifying all households in the country by December 31, 2018, during the Power Ministers Conference in Shimla.

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