- March 20, 2019
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There's an election happening this year in India and PM Narendra Modi wants India to know that his government has eliminated the electrification gap between its towns and villages. But experts are skeptical about his claim. This article does a good job of encapsulating their problems with his claim. The online dashboard for Saubhagya (which means good fortune in Hindi), the government's electrification program, shows that 99.99 percent of households in India are now electrified. But NGOs working on the ground have identified people without connections. It will be five to ten years before Saubhagya's success transforms rural life, says a researcher from UC Berkeley. The Modi government has focused its efforts on renewable energy. According to statistics, the share of renewable energy in India's energy mix has jumped by eight times since Modi came to power four years.