In India today 56% of rural households (approximately 78 million), do not have access to electricity. Rural electrification has been identified as a critical programme for the development of rural areas.
Currently, India relies heavily on fossil fuel based energy resources, that fuel climate change and will impact the least developed the most. Furthermore, it is apparent that the current centralised delivery mechanism has failed to reach the rural masses.
The Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) is a flagship programme of the Government of India which began in April 2005 and aimed to accelerate the pace of village electrification programme in the country. The Ministry of Power is the nodal agency implementing the scheme with a mandate on attainment of the National Common Minimum Programme(NCMP) goal of providing access of electricity to all households by 2010.
The policy brief analyses the RGGVY scheme as well other rural electrification schemes run by Central Government.
RGGVY- Progress Unlimited
Decentralised Renewable Energy=Energy Equity