Video Volunteers community correspondent Mamta Patra reports from Gobindpur village in Odisha's Sundergarh district where its residents continue to live in darkness despite lofty promises.
The Union government, under the Soubhagya Jyoti scheme, announced that every village in India will be electrified before 31 March 2019. This video report was recorded in July 2020 and all that the villagers have seen is an electricity meter fit in their houses. There is no electricity yet. Some of the villagers that Mamta spoke to said that their children can't study in the darkness. They also fear snakebites in the dark. Numerous complaints to local authorities have had no result and the villagers use primitive methods like oil lamps and lanterns to lighten their houses.
Mamta spoke to the local Junior Engineer (Electricity) who assured that a feasibility study would be carried out soon. In addition, Mamta has helped the villagers write an application to the local Sub-Divisional Officer to expedite the work.
Many applications later, hundreds of people continue to suffer.
Formal applications to get new beds have been sent thrice to the local administration. But the situation hasn't changed.