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BJP Worker Followed By Modi & Goyal Punctures PM Modi’s 100% Rural Electrification Claim

‘No electricity in my village,’ says man followed by the PM on Twitter.

While a lot has been said about how the Prime Minister’s announcement of all Indian villages getting electricity access may not be the full story, a reality check has come from one of Narendra Modi’s ardent fans. 

1. Dhirendra Pandey, a BJP supporter followed on Twitter by the Prime Minister as well as Union minister Piyush Goyal, has tweeted that his village in Sirathu in UP’s Kaushambi district is yet to receive power.   

2. Dhruv Rathee, a renewable energy engineer and popular YouTuber, uploaded a video focusing on the holes in the government’s claim of 100% rural electrification. In the video, Rathee shows the tweet  Pandey posted, informing the innocent Prime Minister that his claim of 100% rural electrification was premature. 

3. “I am sorry to say, sir,” Pandey tells the PM on Twitter. “This is not the correct information what is in circulation by government, still many villages are waiting for electrification work…  I am also a resident of a village where electrification not done and on my several requests, I’m being asked to wait.”

4. When some Twitter users ask him how he manages to tweet when there is no electricity in his village, Pandey said he has relied on solar energy for the past 10 years. And he paid for solar panels from his own pocket.

5. The government deems a village “electrified”, if just 10% of its households, as well as public places such as schools and health centres, are connected. As of April 26, two days before the government said it met its target of electrification of all villages, less than 8 per cent of the newly electrified villages had all homes electrified, the ET reported. 

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