SHILLONG, April 22 - Meghalaya Government has accepted a daunting challenge and said all the remaining 1.39 lakh households in the State would be electrified by December 31 this year.
Union Minister of State for Power and New and Renewable Energy RK Singh set the challenge during the launch of Saubhagya Scheme here on Friday and asked if the State Government would be able to meet the deadline and have the remaining households electrified by December 31.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma who was present at the function said although it is a challenging task, the State Government is confident that it would meet the challenge.
�No government thought about this electrification. We are different. We will connect all villages with electricity� Only 60 villages left and 14 left in Meghalaya,� Singh said.
He said, that the poor never thought they will get connection. �We have a government which is keen for the development of Meghalaya, Singh said.
Sangma said that it is quite a surprise that even after almost 75 years of Independence electricity has not reached the entire country. �It�s surprising that no government thought of this obvious goal that one should have electricity,� Sangma said while thanking the present Government for trying to provide electricity to all.
He said that the State Government will do its part to realise the objective of the Central Government.