By Dr Dripto Mukhopadhyay
The author is Vice President, Indicus Analytics, New Delhi
Panchayats can be encouraged to take up decentralised power distribution which will lead to increased community ownership of projects, upkeep and maintenance of services. In fact, since the estimated willingness to pay for electricity of the unelectrified households is at par with the connected households, Panchayats can generate fund through user fees.
Rural electrification is viewed as the key component for accelerating rural development. It is essential to cater to requirements from agriculture and other important activities including small and medium industries, khadi and other village industries, health care services, educational facilities and the communication and information technology. However, a large section of the rural population in India is still bereft of electricity required to light their homes, let alone promote enterprise. To combat this, under the National Common Minimum Programme (CMP),...