SOURCE: E-BOOK ON SUCCESS STORIES RELEASED BY THE PRIME MINISTER ON CIVIL SERVICES DAY 2017
Whenever Mohammed Hazibur Rahman, 52, from Palsa village, Kishanganj District, Bihar, bows and prostrates during namaz, he fervently thanks God for letting him see the light before his death.
The light is electricity. “Only the Sun and Moon used to give us light and boats were our only means of transport even to the local haat (open air market) more than 55 kms away. All the village children used to gather in the centre of the village every evening, to study using one or two kerosene lanterns,” says Rahman.
Till April 2015, there was no electricity in 110 villages of Kishanganj, with over two lakh BPL families. But now, after the launch of DDUGJY, all the 110 villages have been electrified, benefiting over one lakh BPL and 30,000 APL households. And this has brought about a sea change. Electric pumps have replaced diesel pumps.
Since April 2015, 845 electric pumps have been purchased. Earlier, there was only one rice mill, now there are sixteen. RO water units and small scale units making paper plates, bakery products, etc. have come up. These, as well as poultry rearing are augmenting incomes. Most importantly, delivery of healthcare has improved.
Thanks to electrification of the local Primary Health Centre (PHC) and other healthcare centres, immunization, hospital deliveries and a neo-natal care centre have become realities. “Not so many new-borns are dying now,” says Rahman gratefully.
Now in every prayer, every villager thanks God for letting them see the light.