Under ‘Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) out of 7,80,90,874 number of rural households, 2,29,39,511 BPL households including Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes households have been covered for release of free electricity connections. Cumulatively, as on 31.01.2013, free electricity connections to 2,05,15,472 BPL households including Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes households have been provided.
The Government of India launched the scheme – Programme for creation of Rural Electricity Infrastructure & Household Electrification, in April 2005 for providing access to electricity to rural households.
As per Census 2011, there are 442.27 lakh Scheduled Caste and 233.29 lakh Scheduled Tribes households in the country and out of these 261.05 lakh Scheduled Caste and 120.60 lakh Scheduled Tribes used electricity as main source of lighting for major part of the last 12 months.
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