Schemes and Dreams of Electricity

“We live in an age when all our work depends on electricity. If we had electricity in this village we’d have better employment opportunities”, says Rooplal, a resident of Kauwajhar village in Madhya Pradesh.

Rooplal’s village has not seen electricity for at least 25 years. VV-PACS Correspondent Surjiya Paraste reports form the scene.

Madhya Pradesh promises its citizens constant supply of electricity under the recently launched Atal Jyoti Scheme. Agricultural areas are specifically promised at least ten hours of electricity a day. Over 2013, the scheme was rolled to all 48 districts of Madhya Pradesh.

After its third consecutive election win in December 2013, the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) raised electricity tariffs.Though the power supply they promised and wax eloquent about, remains a fantasy for many farmers like Rooplal, the bills with hiked fees keep coming in regularly.

Please call Mr. PK Sahu, the Electricity Department Officer on 09425806247 and ask him to ensure that the village gets an electricity connection

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