Village electrification done, it’s time for universal access. The road is tough. But a mix of policy and fiscal interventions can turn the dream into reality
In April 2018, India completed electrification of all villages and now plans to achieve universal access to electricity by the early 2020s. Power demand is also poised to grow, largely driven by consumption.
In this context, it is apparent that the new government’s focus shall be primarily on improving access of energy to households at affordable rates – a theme central to the policy design.
Keeping this vision in mind, there are multiple policy and fiscal interventions needed. Such interventions would require a year on year budgetary allocation for all policy matters.
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