Mumbai, 4th January 2024: The Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has accomplished the ambitious goal of providing electricity to 2,395 homes of primitive tribes in remote areas of Maharashtra within just twelve days under the Pradhan Mantri Janjati Adivasi Nyaya Maha Abhiyan (PM Janman) scheme.
This initiative, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the holistic development of tribals in the country, has effectively brightened up a total of 2,454 houses belonging to particularly vulnerable tribal groups (PVTG) by the beginning of the New Year.
Deputy Chief Minister and Energy Minister Hon. Devendra Fadnavis directed MSEDCL to prioritize the implementation of the scheme under PM Janman Yojana to extend the benefits of all schemes to PVTG. In the Central Government’s review, Maharashtra’s outstanding performance in the power sector has been acknowledged. The scheme for PVTG commenced on November 15, 2023, through various state departments. In Maharashtra, 2,395 beneficiaries from PVTG, identified as having no electricity supply in the survey, have now been provided with electricity. Chairman and Managing Director of MSEDCL Lokesh Chandra congratulated the dedicated officers and employees for achieving the target within a short timeframe.
The PM JanMan scheme, as announced by Hon. Prime Minister, aims to provide services in 11 priority areas, including housing, water, electricity, health facilities, skill development, and gas connections to tribal communities. For primitive tribes like Katkari, Kolam, Madia Gond, etc., a specific plan of action was decided upon in a meeting held on December 20, 2023, in Nagpur under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary.
The survey conducted by MSEDCL revealed that 2,395 houses of primitive tribes in districts such as Chandrapur, Nanded, Nashik, Palghar, Raigad, Sindhudurg, Yavatmal, and Thane still lacked electricity supply after 75 years of independence. During the electricity supply to these houses, an additional 73 beneficiaries in Raigad district were identified to be within the scope of the scheme.
Ashok Dagdu Hilam from Thangaon village in Sinnar taluka of Nashik district expressed his gratitude as his home received electricity for the first time under this scheme. He mentioned that electricity was provided two days ago without him applying for it, bringing light to fifteen families in the locality that had been in the dark for so many years. Ashok Kavadu Ade from Mahur village in Nanded district shared a similar sentiment, expressing joy at receiving electricity in the last two days, thanks to the efforts of tribal office officials at Kinwat.
Their reactions highlight the transformative impact of the PM JanMan scheme, bringing newfound hope and progress to these tribal communities.