PANAJI: The government has advanced by at least five months the target to electrify all villages, power minister Piyush Goyal said after a two-day meeting of state power ministers.
Goyal said barring areas affected by Maoist insurgency, all unelectrified villages in the country are likely to be electrified by the end of 2016. The government had earlier set the rural electrification target at May 2017.
Earlier, Prime Minister NarendraModi had announced complete electrification of India by May 2018 and said that by December 2018, all Indian citizens will have access to electricity. He had also said that by March 2019, power will be available 24X7 to all, ahead of the earlier target of March 2022.