Sham called rural electrification? Students study under kerosene lamps in Chhattisgarh
Raipur, August 25: These determined children from Chhattisgarh, who in spite of all odds, are not going to give up on their education.
Three young students, photographed by a lensman of news agency ANI, who are seen studying under a kerosene lamp in Chhattisgarh's Koriya, where power lines are yet to be laid by the government, clearly indicated the farce called "rural electrification".
At a time when the Narendra Modi government is claiming to bring electricity to every rural household under the Centre's flagship rural electrification scheme, the Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana, such stories are truly a bolt on developing economy like India.
Earlier, PM Modi had announced that the Centre will bring electricity to every village in the country by 2018, and every home by 2022.
Looking at the ground reality, the 'tall claim' made by the government is far from true.
What is more shocking is the excuse given by the officials of Koriya. One official of Koriya told ANI that the area has no electricity lines, but has solar power plants.
"There is trouble during rainy season, as batteries and solar plates don't work. Within a month repair of batteries and solar plates will be done and electricity will be restored in the area," a senior official told ANI.
If we trust what the official has claimed, that means the children of Koriya have to study under lamps for at least a month as they won't have any access to electricity till then.