How PM Modi’s Electricity Scheme Has Changed This Village

PM Modi's Electricity Scheme Village
A family gather inside their home in the village of Anandpur in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, soon after the village was electrified. (AFP Photo)

Highlights
  • PM Modi had promised 18,452 villages would get electricity in 1,000 days
  • Since scheme was launched last year, over 7,700 villages have electricity
  • UP's Anandpur village is the latest beneficiary of the scheme

Anandpur, Uttar Pradesh: Ram Kishore searched long and hard to find a suitable wife for his son, but his efforts only paid off when electricity finally came to his village this year.

Now he is all smiles as he sits under a glowing light bulb in his single-room home in Anandpur village. Just 145 miles from the capital New Delhi, it has never had electricity – until now.

“I will personally invite my daughter-in-law’s family to visit us and look at the electricity meter,” the 60-year-old former labourer said proudly after his house was connected.

Prior to electrification, women cooked food by candlelight in the village of Anandpur in Uttar Pradesh. (AFP Photo)
Prior to electrification, women cooked food by candlelight in the village of Anandpur in Uttar Pradesh. (AFP Photo)

Anandpur is just one beneficiary of an ambitious plan Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in his Independence Day speech last August to bring electricity to 18,452 Indian villages.

Government figures released last year showed that more than 300 million people still have no access to electricity.

Per-capital electricity consumption is barely one third of the global average.

Speaking from the ramparts of the Red Fort in Delhi, PM Modi said those villagers had been “deprived of the rays of development,” promising to finish the job within 1,000 days and saying the country was “not ready to wait for 10 years”.
It has not been an easy task.

Dinesh Arora, who runs the scheme for the Power Ministry, says the communities targeted are the “the toughest villages in most extreme corners of the country”.

Sixty year-old villager Ram Kishore sits beneath a newly installed electricity meter at his home in the village of Anandpur. (AFP Photo)
Sixty year-old villager Ram Kishore sits beneath a newly installed electricity meter at his home in the village of Anandpur. (AFP Photo)

Many cannot be reached by road or are in areas riven by violence.

Two of Mr Arora’s engineers were kidnapped and by Naxals, while another team had to swim across a river to reach their destination.

Even once they reached the villages, some were given a hostile reception by residents suspicious of local governments that had given them little help in the past.

The country’s federal structure has added to the challenges, with electricity provision usually handled at the state level.

Each state has its own, often loss-making power providers, which are not always eager to extend provision to the poorest villages where revenues are unlikely to justify the cost.

Nonetheless, since PM Modi launched the scheme, over 7,700 villages have been connected to the grid.

As the main power line to Anandpur is switched on, the local men who had gathered excitedly round the visiting officials to watch the run screaming towards their mostly mud and brick houses yelling, “did it come?”.

“My husband has promised that we will now buy a fan and sleep peacefully at night, without mosquitoes,” said Urmila Devi, who lived in a village with electricity before she married and had to get used to kerosene lamps in Anandpur.

Only 18 of the 25 households in Anandpur agreed to get connected and have the free electricity metre installed — the other seven were unsure they could afford the monthly bill of between Rs 70 and 140.

Agence France-Presse

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  23. BJP Spokesperron should come out and show the Video clipping of Villages electrified every week so that people of India can see the work done in the remotest villages. .
    We only see negative news every day and night by Vested media.. Why can’t TV Channels show Good work done by the Govt. Kudos to the Workers and Staff for this excellent work and working in a hostile environment. Keep up the Good work Piyush and his Team of dedicated officials. Great Work NAMO.
    Murali Mahalingam
    Secunderabad.,,

  24. This is not NDTV article my friend, this Article appeared in Agence France-Presse. This is a syndicate article.
    Please be rest assured that India media specially NDTV hates anything related positively to bjp.

  25. Appreciate NDTV for publishing this story! You (NDTV) do not need to be sceptical about this Govt. You also can be agents of change which is happening all across India if you bring objectivity to your reporting.

  26. Mr.Kejriwal, this is the live Marksheet of Mr.Modi. You will also see the Certificate after complerion of this project. Keep your arrogance aside and also try to appreciate Modi ji sometimes on his efforts. After all he is doing something for the Aam Aadmi. You just talk about Aam Aadmi and he is actually taking action in favour of Aam Aadmi.

  27. I am surprised at this article tht NDTV choose to post this and more surprised that AAP bhakts and other secular bhakts did not comment

  28. Should not the credit go to the UP govt (if at all). This man is paying the bills to UP state electricity board and they are the ones who got him connected. All the villages where Modi plans to electrify are based out of BJP ruled states. Providing electricity is a state issue not central

  29. Excellent Work. These can not be achieved without hard work, dedication, focus & team work. I m not fan of Namo but i m fan of his ideology & his willingness, strong though process & his team work to get the result. Nothing else count against this benefit to common men. After the successful implementation Gas subsidy reaches to million people’s direct account & Kitchen gas reaches to million peoples of India who were not getting till the time , this is second biggest achievement. 7700 villages got electricity first time, what the hell congress has done in sixty years.

  30. Tamil Nadu had all the villages were connected to electricity in 1975 itself because of DMK. Mr.Modi is expecting all villages to be wired before 2022, “great vision, Indians”. The rest of the India is 50 years behind TN.

  31. when other citizens are looking for development of their living comfort by adding new electrical equipments in their houses, even the basic electricity was not provided to these people so far even after 65,years of independence. It is Great Modiji’s Viision has brought them light in their life. Congratulations to all who worked behind this Herculean task.

  32. Give them subsidy like no charge for usage of electricity upto 50 or 100 units per meter,then remaining will apply for meters.

  33. Doing the math, if 19,000 villages don’t have it, and Modi has already hooked up 7700 in 2 years… he is weel on his way, isnt he? By the end of his term at least 16,000 out of 19,000 should be connected. And that’s if the rate does not increase,, which it probably will since experience irons out the kinks.

  34. Great job Prime Minister Modi. There was never a doubt on your intent.. but seems like your efforts are starting to reflect!! Hopefully these are just new buds of inclusive progress in India and beginning of long lasting spring of blooming, glorious and developed India … Way to go.. but a good start.

    If someone is sensibly following the work done by your govt, an unbiased feedback will be that your government is doing promising job in many sectors and right will seems to be there. Only advice, please keep check on some unrequired comments from couple of BJP parliamentarians.. They spoil lot of good work you do .. with couple of their irresponsible comments!

  35. This is incredible and on other hand it’s shame…village is only 140km away and they don’t had electricity until few days back.

  36. No one right comments on such a positive story, it reflects mind set of our country people. Media is not the only one to blame, people also wants to read and watch controversies.

  37. This is called a WORKING PM.
    Now we won’t see anyone putting accolades for what has not happened in 60 years is happening now.
    How much opposition cry , Modi is making his presence felt all over India and world as well.
    KUDOS

  38. Not sue if anyone noticed “Agence France-Presse” in the bottom of the article. NDTV and other Indian channels have to depend upon foreign news agencies? Shameful!

  39. What a surprise! NDTV’s publishing positive news that too of PM and Indian Government! I think government agencies’r working overtime to bring “paid journalist” list public soon 🙂

  40. This is being thought of more than 65 years after independence…..what were the previous governments doing?
    Besides, families not being able to afford Rs.70 to Rs.140 per month…..such a sorry state……and we were made to believe that the previous governments have “hatao-ed garibi”!!!

  41. This is true development.. Irrespective of things happening in parliament, irrespective of headlines.. if true development reaches every Indian, to the remotest part of the country.. we will definitely see a better India.. One thing I wanted to point is that, the source of the news is not any Indian media.. which is actually a little disheartening.. If there is some good happening please bring it out, irrespective of your political affiliations..

  42. India’s Rural Ifrastructure should develop during Narendra Modi’s Tenure as PM. If not Never. As such .Narendra Modi should remain a sPM till 2024.

  43. Be honest and post some real comments here, instead calling anyone who is appreciating this effort as a bhakt.. Dont you think this is a very good effort. Its a shame to think that 300 million people of our country did had electricity ever for more than 60 yrs after independence. Forget about other issues like PM’s degree certificate and stuff and try to appreciate real works like these.

  44. 1. “Just 145 miles from the capital New Delhi, it has never had electricity – until now”
    2. ” … more than 300 million people still have no access to electricity”.

    The current Govt is doing something now. But still, there are lot of people still supporting “THE” Family of India. 60 years on, no basic things provided to a village just 145 miles near the capital.

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