Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar claimed on Sunday that all villages in the State would have electricity by the end of 2016.
In the election campaign in 2012, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar had said that if he failed to ensure power supply for the entire state, he would not ask for votes in the Assembly elections in 2015. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a recent speech, had pointed out the claim and criticized the State government for poor availability of power.
Nitish Kumars bold claims come after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement that 18,000 villages across the country will have electricity within a thousand days.
More than 4000 of the state’s 40,000 villages remains to be electrified — a target the state is confident of achieving in the next 14 months. Nitish Kumar was evasive when asked whether each and every household will have electricity. He said it depends on individual consumers,
“but our endeavor will remain to expand and include each and every household as power transformer and wire will reach each and every village“.
Power supply is extremely scarce in Bihar with the power supply being totally non-existent in some areas. The election campaigning leading up to the Bihar elections is heavly focused on electricity supply. The Bihar CM has constantly promised electricity supply but has as yet failed to deliver so.
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