India is finally projected to have reached 100% access to electricity by the end of January 2019. It comes a couple of months overdue as announced by the India prime minister, Narendra Modi when he set this policy in late 2017.
Throughout the programme, over 30,000 families have been connected to electricity every day across India, with only an estimated 400,000 families left to be connected to the grid.
An Indian government official commented, “The 100 per cent household electrification under Saubhagya will be achieved by month end. The government has energised 2.44 crore (244 million) households under the scheme to date.”
As of 2016, the World Bank recorded that India had only 84.5% of its population connected to electricity.
In the two years since the latest World Bank date, it is clear that the Modi government in India has taken access to electricity seriously, and has pursued it as one of its top government priorities.
It is only with constant uninterruptible power that Indian families can increase their standard of living, with children enjoying sufficient electricity to continue their education; businesses able to operate in darkness, increasing India’s GDP; and allowing hospitals to provide world class healthcare opportunities to all Indians.
As a result of India’s energy mix, it has allowed the government to offer continued electricity access to all of its citizens. Over 50% of power comes from coal, 20% from hydro, 10% from gas, with the remaining amounts coming from diesel, nuclear and renewables.
It is reassuring to the rest of the world, and in particular to developing countries, that with a strong government and a strong energy mix focused around fossil fuel generation, every country can, and will, provide uninterruptible power to all its citizens.