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Arunabha Ghosh: Put off-grid on radar

Arunabha Ghosh

Ayearago,PrimeMinisterNarendraModipromisedthat18,452villageswouldbeelectrifiedwithin1,000days.Thegovernmenthasstronglypushedaheadandclaimsthatelectricityhasnowreached10,049villages.Forcookingenergy,thedirectbenefittransferschemeforLPGsubsidieshasbeencomplementedthisyearwiththeUjjwalascheme,whichaimstogivefreeinitialLPGconnectionsto50millionhouseholds.Inthisflurryoflargecentralschemesdrivingenergyaccess,doesdecentralisedenergyhaveafuture? Energyaccessismultidimensional.Atransmissionwiretoavillagedoes ...