A total of 12,364 villages have been electrified under the
Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) program as of February 28,
2017. A total of 6,088 villages are yet to be electrified.
There were 18,452 un-electrified villages in the country as
of April 1, 2015. Out of these 12,364 villages have been electrified by
February 28, 2017, stated Mr. Piyush Goyal, Minister for Power, in the Rajya
Though the numbers look impressive on paper, it is important
to note that the government considers a village electrified if 10 percent of
households and all public spaces have access to electricity.
The Government of India launched the DDUGJY program in
December of 2014 for separation of agriculture and non-agriculture feeders, to strengthen
and augment the sub-transmission and distribution infrastructure in rural areas,
including metering at distribution transformers, feeders and consumers end, and
the DDUGJY program, funds are released against approved projects, in installments,
based on achieving the specified milestones and fulfillment of other