On April 28, 2018, India crossed a very important social milestone—that of achieving 100 per cent village electrification. The Prime Minister, in his Independence Day speech of 2015, had vowed that all the then non-electrified villages, numbering 18,452, will be electrified in 1,000 days thence, which worked out to May 11, 2018. The government announced that with the electrification of Leisang village in Manipur, all villages now stand electrified. Thus, the 1,000-day electrification target was achieved with around 12 days to spare.
Electrical Research Development Association (ERDA) is a professionally managed not-for-profit technical organisation serving industries and utilities for over 40 years in the areas of test, evaluation, certification, consultancy and R&D related to electrical products and systems. In this exclusive exchange, H.K. Mishra, Acting Director, ERDA, exudes confidence in ERDA improving its range of services and enlarging its acceptance level beyond Indian shores.