Raebareli: The constituency of Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Raebareli, continues to remain engulfed in darkness. The district has failed to cash in on the benefits of Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY).

Ironically, the villages in this constituency under RGGVY witnessed intense electrification drive but the reality seems to starkly different. All the villages in the district are connected with electricity, but this fact is merely inscribed on papers.

A personal look at various villages here will expose the genuine aid RGGVY has been able to provide to the villages which do not even have an electric pole. The dismal condition faced by the villagers is evident in their statements which point towards the busting of transformers every now and then. Adding to their woes is the lack of financial aid to repair the torn transformers which the villagers have to get fixed by collecting money among themselves.

While the days are marred with frequent electricity cuts, nights are being graced with only few hours of electricity. Ram Pyare, a daily labourer said, “I have paid Rs 120 for electricity connection in my house, but in vain, whereas my neighbour has the electricity facility.”

Few of the villagers residing in Pilkha said, last year a transformer exploded which was repaired only after collecting Rs 50 from each of the villagers, while few others pointed out towards the loosely hanging electric wires from the electric poles.

Another resident of Pilkha village, Dilip, said, “Last year I got the electricity connection but had to pay Rs 150 for it.”

The infrequent electricity was due to frequent bursting of transformers, pointed out the villagers. The plight is such that they have to go without electricity for months. Not only this, the continuous tripping of electricity led to damage of the fans.

About Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana

Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana was started in April 2005 after dissolution of all other projects. According to this scheme, 90 percent of the total cost of the project is given by the

Central Government and 10 percent by the state Government under Rural Electrification Corporation (REC).

The basic aim of the plan is to provide electricity to all the villages. Under this plan, families below poverty line are to be given free electricity connection and the state government has to provide six to eight hours of power per day.

(JPN/ Bureau)