Earlier governments, Sonia Gandhi failed to fulfil promises, says PM Modi

19 July 2018, 10:53 AM
Earlier governments, Sonia Gandhi failed to fulfil promises, says PM Modi (Photo: ANI Twitter)
Earlier governments, Sonia Gandhi failed to fulfil promises, says PM Modi (Photo: ANI Twitter)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday blamed previous governments, especially then Congress President Sonia Gandhi, for not fulfilling the promise of electrifying all households by 2009.

“Earlier governments made promises, which they failed to fulfil. Then Congress President (Sonia Gandhi) said all households would be electrified by 2009. But that did not happen even in 2009, 2010 or 2011,” Modi said during an interaction with the beneficiaries of Rs 16,320-crore Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saughagya) on Thursday.

The Saffron party leader said the promises made by the previous governments were not fulfilled because they were not serious and now they are finding faults with schemes being implemented by the government.

He said that all villages in India were electrified by April 28, 2018, which is a historic date; adding, it was pity that after 70 years of independence, people don’t have access to electricity.

The Saughagya scheme was launched on 2017 in September under which about 3.6 crore unelectrified households would be electrified by March 31, 2019. However, the government is aiming to energise all these families by December 31, 2018, under Saubhagya.

Earlier this month, power ministers of all states and union territories were unanimous on electrifying all households in the country by December 31, 2018, during the Power Ministers Conference in Shimla.

First Published: Thursday, July 19, 2018 10:48 AM
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