Dear Editor, This refers to your editorial on “Rural Electrification” (March 3). Rural electrification will not only help improve education, health and connectivity but will also enable India meet its climate change commitments. The success of rural electrification should not be measured only on the basis of connections provided, but also on the basis of provision of reliable and quality power supply during peak hours. Further, lack of access to energy at home and for income-generating activities is associated with higher levels of poverty, low productivity, heavy workload, women’s safety issues, missed educational opportunities and high exposure to health risks. The recent Saubhagya scheme addresses some of these issues. It will also help improve education, health, and connectivity apart from having a multiplier effect on increased economic activities and job creation. What we need is for rationalizing rural electricity tariffs to ensure cost recovery in exchange of improved service quality. Vinod C. Dixit, Ahmedabad.
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