Imagine a world without computers, televisions, or fridges. Nearly 500 residents of Sheetal Khera Village in Mohanlalganj Tehsil of Lucknow, were used to live without electricity for the last 68 years. But Modi government’s rural electrification drive has made sure that these conditions never remain the same. And as a result the hamlet has finally received the electricity.
Power Minister Piyush Goyal tweeted: Earlier this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the ‘Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana’ with a view to ensuring round the clock electricity supply to farmers and rural households. The new power scheme focuses on strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution infrastructure, and is one of the flagship programmes of the Power Ministry that will facilitate 24×7 supply of electricity.
Recently, PM Modi has announced that the Centre has electrified over 3,000 villages against a target of 1,900 in first 100 days of his rule.
The prime minister has also said that the pending work on coal and power industry has begun and the country’s power generation capacity is growing annually at 8.5 per cent. Sheetal Khera Village, which is 20 km away from Lucknow, has only 40 houses and the residents used earthen lamps everyday till now.
“There are so many villages where such works have been done but they never got electricity. That way we are lucky,” TOI quoted Janki Ram
, one of the residents.
For Sheetal Khera’s residents, the electrification promises to change their lives.
For Shanti Devi and Nankai, it means that their grandchildren can now study anytime they want.
For Pradeep Kumar, a teacher, electrification means getting crucial extra hours to study. For Ruby this means she can use back her refrigerator, which was gifted to her 10 years back but was of no use to her till now.
“There are so many villages where such works have been done but they never got electricity. That way we are lucky,” said Janki Ram, a resident. Local MLA Chandra Rawat said he was happy to see electricity in the village and said after this people would no longer go to neighbouring market for even basic things like charging mobiles. Earlier this month, Power Minister Piyush Goyal announced that as many as 12 villages in Bihar got electricity for the first time and government stands committed to reaching power to all villages by March 2017.
“As on April 1, 2015, 2,890 census villages were to be electrified. Of those, 172 have been electrified as on November 30, 2015. The remaining villages are targetted to be electrified by May 1, 2015,” Goyal had said in written reply to the Lok Sabha.
According to the power minister, the country has adequate coal and power, and 8-10 GW of generation capacity will also be setup in South India to ensure adequate power.
“From 30 power plants facing super critical levels of coal shortage last year, not a single plant at super critical shortage today,” he added.