All households to be electrified before 2022: Piyush Goyal

Power minister Piyush Goyal said the government has set a deadline of August 15, 2022 for electrification of all households in the country and May 2018 for the electrification of all villages.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:August 10, 2017 2:18 pm
Piyush Goyal, Electrification of Houses, Electrification 2022, Power minister Piyush Goyal , DISCOMs, Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) ,India News, Indian Express News Goyal said he was happy to announce that the government will complete the task much before the deadlines set. The minister said during Question Hour that the accumulated loss of DISCOMs has increased from Rs 2,53,700 crore in 2012-13 to Rs 3,60,736 crore in 2014-15. (PTI/File)

All households in the country will be electrified before August 15, 2022 and all villages before May next year, the Lok Sabha was informed today. Power minister Piyush Goyal said the government has set a deadline of August 15, 2022 for electrification of all households in the country and May 2018 for the electrification of all villages.

Goyal said he was happy to announce that the government will complete the task much before the deadlines set. The minister said during Question Hour that the accumulated loss of DISCOMs has increased from Rs 2,53,700 crore in 2012-13 to Rs 3,60,736 crore in 2014-15. As per the ‘Report on Performance of State Power Utilities’ published by Power Finance Corporation Limited (PFC), the accumulated losses and outstanding debt of DISCOMs have increased from Rs 2,53,700 crore and Rs 3,04,228 crore respectively from 2012-13 to Rs 3,60,736 crore and Rs 4,06,825 crore respectively in 2014-15.

“I am hopeful that we will improve the situation with the help of the state governments,” he said. However, since launch of Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) in November 2015, the participating states have provisionally reported reduction in annual losses by approximately Rs 11,000 crore from 2015-16 to 2016-17, he said.

The generation capacity from all conventional sources has increased by 99209.5 MW in the period 2012-13 to 2016-17. However, there is no established correlation between DISCOMs’ losses or debt with their generation capacity. Replying to another question, Goyal said the previous attempts at addressing the DISCOMs’ adverse financial position were limited, as they could not achieve financial and operational turnaround.

“Accumulated loss and debt kept on increasing due to several reasons which includes limitations of the scheme, limited participation of states and unsustainable operations of DISCOMs,” he said.

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    Abby Normal
    Aug 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm
    This guy is dreaming..... nothing for a long time then all to be done in 12 months, what a joke.... for electricity he meant... a battery torch for every household.. but you must buy your own batteries....
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      JK
      Aug 10, 2017 at 3:15 pm
      BJP has wasted precious 3 years time in dividing the country instead of serving the people of India by fulfilling their promises made during 2014 elections. Shame on you for asking more time.
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        Komal
        Aug 10, 2017 at 3:12 pm
        2022 will be the third year of a new term (if BJP is voted again to power) where again BJP will promise that they will do all sorts of things for the people by 2028. Does BJP think we are all fools ?? There is no 100 days promise this time so they have chosen a safe term of 3 years by which all of us can be fooled !! Stop it Mr. Goyal, how long will you take this country for a ride ?
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          avinash
          Aug 10, 2017 at 3:05 pm
          A silent bluffmaster of Modi's cabinet aiming at a comeback in 2019. 2022 is a hard core jumla. Tell us what you will complete by 2019 !! Then we will decide whether to vote BJP back to power or not. Your incomplete projects can be completed by any other party after 2019 also, like you had given only finishing touches to many of UPA's incomplete projects and gained a name and fooled the innocent. ONLY LET US KNOW ALL ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN COMPLETE BY YEAR 2019 ONLY SIR ! No jumlas please.
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            Abby Normal
            Aug 10, 2017 at 3:30 pm
            He gave you a blank letter... not even the signature....
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