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Indicus Analytics: Power-less in Bharat

About half of rural households still depend on sources other than electricity for lighting

Expanding electrification is critical to economic and social development. Despite the implementation of large-scale programmes over the years, India’s achievement in providing access to electricity leaves much to be desired. According to the recent Census 2011 data, only 67 per cent of the total households use electricity as the source of lighting, the remaining still have to resort to other sources like kerosene. It is discouraging to note that in the last 10 years, electricity coverage has increased by only 11 percentage points. The fundamental reason for this murky picture comes ...