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Manipur's Leisang becomes last village to get electricity, Centre claims nation fully electrified

Manipur's Leisang becomes last village to get electricity, Centre claims nation fully electrified

The Last village to be electrified under the Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana is Leisang village located in Senapati district in Manipur.

As per Government of India, out of 18,452 villages in India that were power deprived 3 years ago, 17,181 have been electrified. Others are uninhabited or classified as grazing reserves.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and wrote, " 28th April 2018 will be remembered as a historic day in the development journey of India. Yesterday, we fulfilled a commitment due to which the lives of several Indians will be transformed forever! I am delighted that every single village of India now has access to electricity."

 

Why electricity in every village means little?

Why electricity in every village means little?

It is no mean task that every village in India now has access to electricity. Every home is yet to be electrified, but most of the work is done. Providing connection to the last few villages was quite a task given geographical issues. Now that electricity is available at the village level, last mile...

Modi govt set to meet electrification target, but millions still in darkness

Modi govt set to meet electrification target, but millions still in darkness

Prime Minister Narendra Modi stormed to victory in 2014 on pledges to improve the lives of Indians, including bringing power to every citizen.

Rural electrification became a cornerstone of Modi’s plan, which included connecting more than 18,000 villages by the end of this month. And with only a few l...

India can be the epicentre of a common SAARC electricity market

India can be the epicentre of a common SAARC electricity market

There are many lessons to be learned from the recently concluded conference of the International Solar Alliance. The most significant of which is that, emerging economies realise they will have to work together if they want to be energy-secure. This is particularly interesting in the context of the ...

UDAY scheme impact: Now, complacency to cost electricity discoms dear

UDAY scheme impact: Now, complacency to cost electricity discoms dear

If the state governments still wanted to keep electricity subsidies, they should give these to the intended beneficiaries via the direct benefit transfer (DBT) route, rather than burden the distribution companies (discoms) by making them the transfer agents, power minister RK Singh said. In an exclu...

DERC frames regulation for forum and ombudsman

DERC frames regulation for forum and ombudsman

Delhi's power sector regulator DERC has framed regulations providing for the formation of forum and ombudsman to redress grievances of the consumers.

The Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (Forum for Redressal of the Grievances of the Consumers and Ombudsman) Regulation 2018 provides for the con...

Electricity regulatory commissions must have a judicial member: Supreme Court

Electricity regulatory commissions must have a judicial member: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court ordered that one of the members of electricity regulatory commissions should be a person of judicial background, quashing orders of various high courts that the chairperson of such bodies in states should be a high court judge. The top court also said the judicial member should be ...

Western Maharashtra farmers owe state Rs 11,000 crore in electricity dues

Western Maharashtra farmers owe state Rs 11,000 crore in electricity dues

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, minister for energy, has held Sharad Pawar, Nationalist Congress Party president, responsible for the unpaid electricity bill by farmers. These are unpaid bills for using water pumps for agricultural use.  Bawankule has said, a total Rs 22,000 crore is due from farmers...

Not mandatory to appoint HC judge as SERC's head: Supreme Court

Not mandatory to appoint HC judge as SERC's head: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has ruled that it is not "mandatory" to appoint a high court judge as the chairperson of State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC), which determines power tariff, in the states.

The path-breaking verdict put to rest the vexatious question that had come to light due to conflicti...

EV charging stations don’t need separate license under Electricity Act: Power Ministry

EV charging stations don’t need separate license under Electricity Act: Power Ministry

The government clarified its position on electric vehicle charging stations and has said that a separate license will not be required under the Electricity Act 2003 for setting them up.

“The clarification has been issued in this regard that the Electricity Act 2003 does not need to be amended to allo...

IEX, JEPX tie up to explore opportunities in electricity market

IEX, JEPX tie up to explore opportunities in electricity market

Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) and Japan Electric Power Exchange (JEPX) have tied up to jointly explore opportunities for a cooperation in electricity market.

The scope of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) includes opportunities for training to augment the electricity trading through competitive mark...

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