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Arunabha Ghosh: Put off-grid on radar

Arunabha Ghosh

A year ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised that 18,452 villages would be electrified within 1,000 days. The government has strongly pushed ahead and claims that electricity has now reached 10,049 villages. For cooking energy, the direct benefit transfer scheme for LPG subsidies has been complemented this year with the Ujjwala scheme, which aims to give free initial LPG connections to 50 million households. In this flurry of large central schemes driving energy access, does decentralised energy have a future? Energy access is multidimensional. A transmission wire to a village does ...