Rural Electrification Challenges In India

Rural Electrification is a process of bringing electrical power to rural and remote areas.Electricity is not only used for household purposes but it also allows mechanization of many farming operations, such as threshing, milking, hoisting grain for storage. A famous program New Deal’s Rural Electrification Administration in the United States pioneered many of the schemes still practiced in other countries.

India adopted rural electrification programmes and build new ones in order to provide 400 million Indians electricity in rural India. Before Pradhan Mantri Gram Yojana bloomed with notable results, rural electrification was going south due to major crisis.

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Challenges were faced during 2010-2014 electrification, and things were in bad shape when it came to making progress.

Rich states provided some number of villages with power but poorer states still struggle to do so. Although things progressed a bit there were still problems faced.

  1. Non-uniformly electrified
  2. Poor planning
  3. Electricity Theft
  4. Poor infrastructure for electrical transmissions
  5. Lack of political will
  6. Incomplete Coverage
  7. Faulty/Incomplete Data
  8. Time Consumption & Difficult Procedure
  9. Low Demand & Low Consumption
  10. Less use of Renewable Energy Resources
    • Solar Energy
    • Wind Energy
    • Hydro Energy

North-North Eastern States face challenges like inefficient state government, lack of economic resources- i)High Capital Cost ii) lack of financial subsidies, lack of access to consumer credit, unrealistic political commitments, lack of institutional capacity, lack of technical knowledge.

When off-grid electrification should be motivated instead government policies emphasizes on-grid electrification. The rural electrification is based on renewable electrification is based on renewable energies in developing countries promises a cleaner, cheaper and more democratic way of improving the quality standard of remote areas of the world’s population.

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