Deen Dayal Gram Jyoti Yojna!
By: M S Nazki
Kallar Morha a village in Mendhar got an allotment of the scheme but as usual PDD Sub Division Mendhar has messed it up!
- Standing Poles like windmills that Don Quixote fought stare at you wanting repairs and loose wires dangling are a testimony to the fact that the officials take nothing seriously here.
- Schemes and Yojnas are definitely allotted but such is the manipulation in the Department in Sub Division Mendhar that they are either left half complete or completed in a jiffy and completion report submitted.
- About the maintenance factor no one is bothered and whether the electricity is flowing or not, no one keeps a check. Kallar Morha village is a testimony to the fact.
- Incidentally Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana is a Government of India scheme designed to provide continuous electricity supply to rural India. This should be conveniently forgotten here since it is the electricity that is a major problem and about the PDD officials well, less said the better would be a better proposition.
*The Central government did invest a lot of money for rural electrification under this scheme. The scheme replaced the then existing Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana.
- Technically speaking the scheme was to initiate much awaited reforms in the rural areas. It focused on feeder separation (rural households and agricultural) and strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution infrastructure including metering at all levels in rural areas.
- This would have helped in providing round the clock electricity to the rural households and adequate power to agricultural consumers. The earlier scheme for rural electrification viz. Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana had been subsumed in the new scheme as its rural electrification component.
- Sub Division Mendhar too got its share but unfortunately poor execution led to the scheme lying defunct and we have reasons to say so as we always have!
- The PDD Department in Mendhar has to rise to the occasion and check out where the fault lines are and we are sure that plenty would be found if done in a sincere way! And it is the Chief Engineer who has to show the way.
Let us be practical without power and electricity we can move nowhere. I would go to the extent of saying that all technology is worth less without the power of current in it. Today we are on a frantic run to reach the top of the world a very good thing but try it without power and electricity? Trust me you would be nowhere. Invention is the most important product of man’s creative brain. The ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of human nature to human needs. And electricity was the biggest ever discovery that lit up the world no end.
From the electric fishes of Nile to rubbing rods on cat furs in the Mediterranean to Thales of Miletus who made a series of observations on static electricity around 600 BCE the story of invention of electricity has been a monumental one. Joseph Priestley, Otto von Guericke, Robert Boyle, Stephen Gray and C. F. du Fay, Benjamin Franklin, Michael Faraday, Luigi Galvani, Alessandro Volta’s and George Ohm are all great names lighting up the world. The people of Mendhar especially so staying in interiors may not be knowing all these great names but they too like any other human beings want to derive the maximum benefits out of their magnificent discovery. At the moment they aren’t.
Here the people are still wanting that the supply should be regular but unfortunately it is not. It being irregular would be a gross understatement because the electricity is missing for over two months in some cases. There are villages here in the sub division, where they don’t have clean water, they don’t have a sewer system, they don’t have electricity, and on top of that they are living on LOC belt which can go volatile any moment (although it is calm now), obviously one needs light and sunshine does not stay all throughout 24 hours. It’s a problem and that too really a big one.
I. Deen Dayal Gram Jyoti Yojna:
This scheme was initiated to electrify the rural areas above mentioned. The idea was a superlative indeed but in this part of the country it is not so the case.
- The Ministry of Power had launched a new app, GARV-II app to provide real-time data of all six lakh villages of the country. The app was envisaged to ensure transparency in the implementation of rural electrification programs.
*The new app was also planned to enable the citizens to participate in the developmental works and can give their feedback and inputs related to the rural electrification program. The participation of citizens would enable public scrutiny of the rural electrification programs. This could not have been possible in places like Mendhar because the people are not tech savvy and they can easily be taken for a ride by the PDD officials. So far they are being!
- In addition, the village-wise works sanctioned under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana had been mapped to scrutinize the progress of work carried out under the project in each village. Did someone ask as to what PDD in Sub Division Mendhar was doing? I’m afraid no one did and asking PDD officials as to what they were doing would have been like belling the cat since they care for none. All complaints fall deaf on their massive ear lobes. The usual cliché has been, ‘Koi Baat Nahin, Ho Jayega’. But unfortunately nothing moves!
- The deadline for the Centre’s rural electrification program was May 2018. However, it was achieved before the deadline on April 28, with the electrification of Leisang village in Manipur.
- Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi tweeted at that time ‘Yesterday, we fulfilled a commitment due to which the lives of several Indians will be transformed forever! I am delighted that every single village of India now has access to electricity.’
- But nothing of that sort happened in Mendhar. Obviously the completion report must have been given but there was no follow up. And the result is what we can see in Kallar Morha!
- Though everything looked great and promising for the rural areas yet several news reports claimed that the numbers were inflated, and villages were electrified only on paper.
II. The great man:
Deendayal Upadhyaya was an Indian politician and leader of the political party Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS), the forerunner of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He was also known as Panditji for appearing in the civil services examination hall wearing the traditional Indian Dhoti-Kurta and cap. He died under mysterious circumstances near Mughalsarai Junction railway station in February 1968. After 50 years of his death, that railway station was renamed after him as Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction by the government in 2018.
He started full-time work in the RSS from 1942. He had attended the 40-day summer vacation RSS camp at Nagpur where he underwent training in Sangh Education. After completing second-year training in the RSS Education Wing, Upadhyaya became a lifelong pracharak of the RSS. He worked as the pracharak for the Lakhimpur district and, from 1955, as the joint Prant Pracharak (regional organiser) for Uttar Pradesh. He was regarded as an ideal swayamsevak of the RSS essentially because his discourse reflected the pure thought-current of the Sangh. Integral humanism was a set of concepts drafted by Upadhyaya as a political program and adopted in 1965 as the official doctrine of the Jan Sangh. Upadhyaya considered that it was of utmost importance for India to develop an indigenous economic model with a human being at center stage. This approach made this concept different from Socialism and capitalism. Integral humanism was adopted as Jan Sangh’s political doctrine and its new openness to other opposition forces made it possible for the Hindu nationalist movement to have an alliance in the early 1970s with the prominent Gandhian Sarvodaya movement going on under the leadership of J. P. Narayan. This was considered to be the first major public breakthrough for the Hindu nationalist movement. It was unfortunate that the great man died early otherwise he had some really great ideas. Perhaps that was the reason as to why power and electricity was named after him.
III. Problems of village Kallar Morha:
But in Mendhar the people still have to enjoy the benefits of the same, especially so the village Kallar Morha. The reasons are as follows:
- Deen Dayal Gram Jyoti Scheme of PDD Sub Division Mendhar in Kallar Mohra Village Ward No 2. Is lying defunct.
- This village falls under Block Balakote block and an approval had been given to install a 25 kV Transformer along with a pole and wires. The same was done but they are just standing edifices and thus non functional.
- The reasons are best known to the PDD officials and the people are fed up with complaining to them because they know that no action would be taken because so far it has not been. This has been the status of the scheme for the last two months.
*Thirty houses are without electricity for the last two months and no one in PDD circuit Sub Division Mendhar is bothered.
- The people led by social worker Er MR. Kazafi of the area appealed to the District Commissioner to intervene and get the electricity rolling as darkness in nights is always disturbing. Candles, fire lit pots with wicks and lanterns should not be an everyday affair in today’s times which we call as deftly modern. This is an absolute pathetic display by the PDD officials. I will finally conclude by saying that as the light turns on they are so glad and they do say technology is awesome. But when it remains off for days together they are the most desperate and frustrated human beings. They are still amazed by electricity and what it can do for them but here it is always in an off mode and they aren’t surprised because they believe that they are destined to live in darkness. The people of Kallar Morha want that they should also enjoy their share of technology and mind you they are ready to foot the bill but it’s just not there for the last sixty days. It’s time for PDD top gun in District Poonch, the Chief Engineer to make his presence felt in this area, obviously with a mask on!