At the time of the launch, the Government of India promised to spend a total of Rs 16,320 crore in this massive project to provide electricity and to give the nation a new light.
Prime Minister was interacting with citizens from villages that have been electrified in the last four years via the Narendra Modi Mobile App.
Mr Modi said 15th August 2015, he had made a promise, to electrify every village in 1000 days. Ramchandra Bisht, from Tihri in Uttarakhand, said that employment opportunities have increased in their village after electrification.
Modi asserted that numerous villages were electrified by the NDA government through Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana, and Saubhagya (Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana) schemes. "This was quite unfortunate", he said.
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On a number of occasions, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, veteran party leader Sonia Gandhi and other big shots in the opposition had on many instances criticised PM Modi of being too much out of the country. "Needless to say, none of that happened during their long tenure", Modi said. About 14,500 villages out of 18,000 villages not electrified were in Eastern India.
This is the tenth interaction in the series by the Prime Minister through video conference with the beneficiaries of various Government schemes. Leisang was the last among the 18,000 villages electrified. This changed her life forever.
Anita Devi from Palamu in Jharkhand told PM Modi that her village and home got electricity in 2016.
Further breaking some more figures on PM Modi's travel overseas, then in 2014-15 Rs. 93.76 crore was spent on chartered flights while in 2015-16, the figure was Rs. 117 crore.
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