India’s move to electrify every village and household in the country has been lauded as a success. Building on decades of public programmes, the Narendra Modi government completed 100 per cent village electrification in April 2018 and has now electrified nearly all ‘willing’ households. But, does connecting households to the electric grid resolve the electricity access challenge? The answer depends on whether electrons will flow through the wires and whether all consumers will be served equally and adequately.
Challenges of electricity access
Once connected to the grid, consumers face multiple challenges to stay plugged-in. From the ......