We will be celebrating 72 years of independence this year on the 15th of August. While India has seen a thousand developmental successes as a country and is now one of the leading players in the world, a certain village in Rajouri district of Jammu & Kashmir, received electricity and metalled road for the first time since independence.
Of many other villages that are yet to witness development, Narla Bambal, a village in the Rajouri district of J&K, was one such village. Until now.
Narla Bambal, which was disconnected from other villages and cities, is now also connected with the rest of the state by road. The construction was done under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sevak Yojana.
The electricity will be provided under the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Scheme.
“All the developmental works in these areas can now be done without any problem," said Shahid Iqbal, district collector of Rajouri district.
A local villager said, “We had heard that our country has been free for 70 years. But we have enslaved for way too long. We have a new life after 70 years, now that we have access to electricity and roads."
Naral Bambal is 115 km away from Rajouri.
In the year 2014, a total of 18,452 villages were identified to be without electricity. April 28 was the day when India was recognised as a completely electrified country.
The truth could be seen only if looked closer.
The government of India identifies a village as electrified if the power cables from the grid reach a transformer in each village and 10 percent of its households, and also the public places such as schools and health centres, are connected. In this scenario and according to the official data, only 1,417 out of the 18,452 identified village, have been electrified.
The data states that 31 million homes are still in darkness.
India stands 3rd in the world, in terms of energy production, only behind China and USA, and yet we are unable to provide complete electrification to rural India.
Perhaps, the dream of complete electrification is not yet achieved.
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