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Every village electrified but wait for 12 months for power to all, says power ministry

"Every single village in India has access to electricity," declared the prime minister Narendra Modi on Saturday after a remote village called Leisang in Manipur became the last to get access to power.
In April 2015, government of India had identified over 19,600 villages which did not have access to power, and three years later, the government has said that the mission has been accomplished.
The government of India considers a village as electrified, if about 10% of the village has access to power.
So, this does not mean every household in the country has electricity.
In fact, according to the Union Power Ministry's data, over 3 crore households still do not have access to electricity.
The Secretary at the Union Power Ministry, Ajay Kumar Bhalla, told CNBC-TV18 that within the next 12 months, every household in the country will have access to power.