• Brighter India: Watch NASA’s map of night-time India highlighted by Piyush Goyal

    Power minister Piyush Goyal today highlighted a night-time map of India released by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that shows how large parts of the country are lit against a darker background on the World Map, thanks to the progress of the centre’s village electrification scheme.

    The map is part of a booklet released here by Goyal in an event today on the status of rural electrification in the country. More than 18,452 villages in India were in darkness even after 68 years of independence forcing them to “live in 17th century lifestyle”, the centre’s information wing Press Information Bureau (PIB) said in a twitter update following the event.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi in August 2015 pledged to complete electrification of these villages within 1,000 days ending 1 May 2018. “The government took this up in mission mode under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY),” PIB said. The scheme has a total outlay of Rs 75,893 crore and more than 13,469 villages were electrified out of the total 18,452 unelectrified villages.

    The government said this was possible because of the “Power for All” programme signed by all the states leading to rapid urbanization. The DDUGJY scheme includes separation of agricultural feeders, strengthening of the transmission and distribution infrastructure, micro-grid and off-grid distribution network and installing meters for feeders, distribution transformers and consumers. Demaryius Thomas Womens Jersey

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