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Nagela Fatela and the real story behind rural electrification

Electricity supply has always been a political subject. And dark villages help fuel it during elections. Promises of free power for years has led to darkness

Nangla Fatela village in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh Photo: Dalip Kumar
Nangla Fatela village in Hathras, Uttar Pradesh Photo: Dalip Kumar

It might sound depressing but villages in our country might continue to remain in dark, probably longer than the NDA government has envisaged electrifying them. Power supply in India is a peculiar business, especially now, when the current government claims that we are power surplus. Let us get two things clear  – we are not a power surplus nation, we are demand deficit. Secondly, the centre alone can’t be blamed for power cuts nor states are solely responsible for the dismal state of affairs. India’s per capita power consumption is close to 1000 units ...