India says all villages have electricity

All villages in India now have access to electricity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced.

This was achieved on Saturday when a remote village in the north-eastern state of Manipur became the last to be connected to the grid.

A village is considered electrified if 10% of its homes and all public buildings are connected to the grid.

World Bank figures show around 200 million people in India still lack access to electricity.

Mr Modi said all of nearly 600,000 villages in India have now been given electricity connection.

Correspondents say it’s a great achievement for Asia’s third largest economy.

Published on BBC, 30th April, 2018