Approximately how many villages in India do not have electricity?

Nearly 18,000 villages were without power when Narendra Modi became India’s PM. The number of villages without power is now less than 5k. His government connects nearly 4500 villages each year, a drastic increase from the 10k UPA did.

Keep in mind, however, that electrification is defined by the Government of India as a village that has at least 10% electrified. Technically, an electrified village could have as many as 90% of its inhabitants living in darkness.

This week, PM Modi announced a scheme called Saubhagya to ensure 100% household electrification by December 2018. Let’s wait and see what happens.

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