NEW DELHI: Power Minister R K Singh today said India will achieve the target of power for all by December next year, while all villages will be electrified by the end of this year, much ahead of the schedule.
Government had set the deadline for electrifying all villages by May 1, 2018. Similarly, it was aiming to provide 24X7 power to all by March, 2019.
“Prime Minister has said December 2018 is the target. We will do it. This is a tight target but we will do. Every household will get electricity by December 2018,” Singh said at the launch of ‘Saubhagya’ scheme for providing power to all households.
“One more important target we have got, that is 24X7 power, reliable and quality power. We will take a proposal to the Prime Minister,” he said.
Singh also talked about the pre-paid model to be adopted for electricity to all households as per Government plans.
He stressed on the need for developing skills for the power sector and said that “there is need for skill development for grid and feeder maintenance”.
He called upon the industry to invest in the power sector saying that in the coming year, the demand for electricity is going to increase in view of high growth economy.