Watch the impact of Video Volunteers' nationwide IndiaUnheard Network : electricity woes and our success in Jharkhand
The transformer in Mathurapur has been defunct since 4 years. Residents claim that the officials demand INR 20,000 as a bribe to fix the transformer. 20,000 is a large sum for the small community residing in this hamlet and having no electricity for 4 years has caused them a lot of trouble and distress.
Correspondent Mukesh documented the story for IndiaUnheard and showed it to the Junior Engineer at the Block Development Officer's office who denied all charges of corruption. The Sub Divisional Officer along with the JE visited Mathurapur the very next day for investigation during which they assured the villagers that the transformer will be fixed within next month.
The promise was fulfilled. After four years of darkness, a small collective effort filled Mathurapur with light.
'After IndiaUnheard's video, the Junior engineer and sub divisional officer met with us. They assured us they would fix our transformer within a month. The transformer was fixed within a period of one month. They did not charge any extra money for setting up the transformer. Initially they were demanding INR 20000 which they didn't ask for later. Our transformer finally has been fixed.' says Ramdev, a resident.
Any issue can be resolved by collective initiatives similar to what this village has done. Corruption or not, it took one collective effort and a little bit of help from IndiaUnheard to solve a 4 year long problem. Issues like corruption don't affect just one person but plague the whole community which is why it is important to address it collectively.
"If these villagers didn't address this problem collectively then no one, including me, could have helped them.', adds Mukesh.
Mukesh Rajak is a Community Correspondent for Video Volunteers' "IndiaUnheard"
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