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’ at Ananthapura village near Bengaluru in Karnataka. Shri V. Krishnappa, Managing Director – Power Company of Karnataka Limited (PCKL) along with Shri Gopal Salyan, CGM (Projects) – Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited (BESCOM) and Shri R. Anbalagan, Sr.CPM – REC inaugurated the event in the presence of other officials from REC, PCKL and BESCOM. Numerous dignitaries such as Shri Muniraju, President – Budihal Panchayat, Shri Basavaraj, Chief Electrical Inspectorate (Retd.) – Government of Karnataka and Shri Kumar Naik, Executive Engineer – BESCOM Nelamangala also graced the occasion.
Shri V. Krishnappa, Managing Director – PCKL 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 event 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.