Power deficit likely to normalize by end of the year, says Union ministry of Power

Ministry of Power has said that multipronged, comprehensive, and aggressive interventions of the government have resulted in power deficit nearly being wiped out consistently over the last 3 years. It said that India had a massive power deficit of 16.6 percent in 2007-08 and 10.6 percent in 2011-12. The power deficit was 0.4 percent in 2020-21, 0.7 percent in 2019-20, and 0.8 percent in 2018-19. For the current year up till October, the power deficit has been 1.2 percent.

The ministry said that the marginal spike is attributable to the annual post monsoon pressure on power output which is also likely to normalize by the end of the year. It is said that this has been made possible by massive policy and infrastructure interventions through schemes brought in by the current Government. These schemes include Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana, Integrated Power Development Scheme, and Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana. The ministry added that consequent to these efforts in approximately the last 7 years, the augmentation to the installed power capacity in the country has been over 1 lakh 55 thousand 370 MEGAWATT.

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