New Delhi ,
As part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ – to celebrate 75 years of Independence, REC Limited, a public infrastructure finance company under the Ministry of Power organized a ‘Bijli Utsav’ in the states of Assam, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. The date of the event was specifically chosen as 31st March, 2022 since it marks the 3 year anniversary of the successful completion of Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana (Saubhagya). Under Saubhagya, 2.82 crore willing households were electrified pan-India making it the largest electrification drive in the world.
Numerous dignitaries graced the occasion which saw large turnouts of crowds from nearby villages and districts. The dignitaries highlighted the benefits of electricity, the challenges faced during electrification in rural areas and how the quality of life improved with access to power. The events also witnessed several beneficiaries of Saubhagya Yojana who were invited on stage to share their experience.
To engage with the villagers, various cultural programmes such as dance and a Lok Gayan were held along with a quiz on various Government programmes, awareness about usage of electricity, billing, energy efficiency etc. was conducted to impart knowledge to the public. The event concluded with the distribution of LED bulbs as prizes to the winners of the competitions.
Given the large gathering, it was ensured that all Covid safety protocols such as social distancing and wearing of masks were adhered to. In addition, masks were also distributed to all the attendees.