It took 4 years of constant follow up of Community Correspondent (CC) Basharat Amin with the Electricity Department to install the high-tension electric wires from makeshift poles to proper ones in Manloo area of Shopian District, Kashmir.
A village is deemed electrified, if 10 percent of all the households of the village has electricity access and if electricity is provided to public spaces such as schools, panchayat officers, health centres, community centres and dispensaries.
Villagers have decided to boycott the elections if their demands are not met.
When will our rural areas be at par with our urban areas in terms of energy security?
How would farmers grow crops if there is no electricity for irrigation?
Long term health effects of using wood as a fuel for home-based cooking could lead to respiratory issues.
The Union government's Soubhagya Jyoti scheme aimed to electrify every Indian village by Mar 2019. But that ambition is yet to be realised.
The story effectively depicts as to how change is triggered with mere presence of a Citizen journalist in the most media dark region of India.