SOURCE: E-BOOK ON SUCCESS STORIES RELEASED BY THE PRIME MINISTER ON CIVIL SERVICES DAY 2017
Sivasagar is one of the main districts of Assam. is was the area from where the Ahom rulers ruled Assam in the days of yore. Life in the district before the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) was mainly limited to the daylight hours.
Illumination after dark was dependent on kerosene lamps. Kerosene was costly and moreover not easily available. The economy here being mainly agrarian, electricity was also needed for irrigation purposes as diesel gen sets are expensive. Man-animal conflicts were also common as elephants frequently entered the villages, causing large-scale destruction. All these are now things of the past.
Thanks to the ambitious plans of rural electrication under DDUGJY, Sivasagar district shines with a dierent light today. Thee benefits have been numerous. With farmers having electricity to run their water pumps, agricultural productivity has increased. Handloom and domestic weaving is a tradition in Assam, done mainly by women. Today with electrification, they no longer work only during the day but can work way past sunset. One of the benefits of electricity is the feeling of safety and comfort. The well-lit roads have instilled a sense of condence and truly empowered the womenfolk. The crime rate has fallen due to illumination of public areas.
At home, children can study longer and don’t have to depend on kerosene lanterns for light. Man-animal conflict has seen a decline as elephants avoid the illuminated villages, thereby saving crops and humans.
Primary health care is better, thanks to facilities for storing medicines and vaccines under refrigeration. The biggest change has been in the worldview of the inhabitants. Today, they are aware of all the changes in the world and are up-to-date on news, making them feel empowered and condent. After all, that’s what electrification should do bring light into people’s lives.