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Jharkhand school gets power connection after 69 years on PM’s intervention

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PATNA: A school from the Indian state of Jharkhand has got power connection after a full 69 years of its establishment. This happened only after Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally intervened into the matter and asked the officials to provide power connection to this high school, authorities said.

The school located at Haidarnagar block town under Husainabad sub-division in Palamu district was a picture of complete neglect until last month.

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Let aside the basic teaching facility, the school didn’t have even the power connection. Reports said the teachers wrote so many times to the authorities concerned but nothing happened.

Early this year, two students from the school, Manoj Kumar and Amod Kumar wrote a letter to the Prime Minister, narrating the problems they had been facing at the school due to lack of power facility.

Their joy knew no bounds when the Prime Minister Office (PMO) acted fast on their complaint and asked from the district officials concerned about the reasons behind not providing power facility to this school in the past about seven decades. The letter was sent in February this year.

This was followed by another letter sent on March 24 whereby the PMO instructed the deputy commissioner and other district officials concerned to provide power connection to the school soon. Eventually, the school got the power facility in the July end, bringing happiness to the faces of teachers and students.

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“We are very happy now. Our school has finally got the power connection and the computers are functioning now,” said Amod Kumar, one of the two students who shot off a letter to the PMO.

According to him, they got the inspiration to write letter to the PM after listening to his “Mann Ki Baat” programme whereby he had asked the masses to get immediate solution of their problems by bringing them to his notice.

The school principal said he still doesn’t believe that his school has got illuminated. “We tried hard to get a power connection both at the departmental and political level but never succeeded in our attempts,” school principal Baijnath Ram told the media today.

As per an official report, around 30,000 villages in Jharkhand still don’t have power facility but chief minister Raghubar Das has promised to provide power to all the villages by December this year.

“Only 3.8 million households out of 6.8 millions in the state could get electricity in 67 years. By December 2018, the target is to provide electricity to the rest households,” the chief minister has announced. He claimed Jharkhand would be made electricity hub by 2022.

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Courtesy: Gulf News

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