'There has been no electricity in the Lakhapur village of Jamui District in Bihar. We have been trying for almost 10 years now and still haven't got any sign of power coming to our village.' says Community Correspondent Ashok who is also a resident of this village.
While most cannot imagine a day without electricity in this day and age, there are more than 1.6 billion people globally who live a lifetime without electricity. To fight this global issue, the Government of India devised a local solution. They launched the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Scheme (Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojna) in 2005 and promised to provide power to all the villages across India.
Yet Lakhapur remains one of the many without any power supply. The locals have submitted various appeals to the electricity department and village heads over the years, but they always get told off in one way or the other.
'When I was a kid, I couldn't study because there was no power. We used to try to study under a lamp but not everybody can do that. 15 years later, it's still the same. We as a community cannot allow that to happen to our children as well.'
It's not just about infrastructure or education but, also a matter of survival. Since most of the families are dependent on farming, electricity is vital for them. They cannot irrigate their lands properly which results in low crop output.
The community continues to push for a literally 'brighter' future. You can help them.
Call to Action: Please call or text R. K. Sharma - +91 9472937548, Executive Officer, electricity department and pressurize him to provide power to the community.
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