Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Power
07-December-2011 17:03 IST
Households Without Electricity
As per census 2001, out of 13,82,71,559 rural households, 6,01,80,685 rural households were electrified in the country. Therefore, 7,80,90,874 rural households did not have electricity.

The Government of India launched ‘Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana(RGGVY) – a Scheme for Rural Electricity Infrastructure & Household Electrification, in April 2005 for providing access to electricity to rural households. Under RGGVY, so far, 578 projects targeting to electrify 1,09,888 un/de-electrified villages and to provide electricity connections to 224.65 lakh Below Poverty Line(BPL) households have been sanctioned. However, the Bharat Nirman Target for RGGVY is to electrify one(1) lakh un/de-electrified villages and release of electricity connections to 175.00 lakh BPL households by March, 2012. Cumulatively, as on 15.11.2011, the electrification works in 99,817 un/de-electrified villages have been completed and electricity connections to 175.02 lakh BPL households have been released in the country under RGGVY.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Power Shri K. C. Venugopal in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.