17,000 Solar lights distributed by Army People!!

17,000 Solar lights distributed by Army People!!

Among the residents of un-electrified and inaccessible hamlets in Doda district of J&K 17,000 solar lights has been distributed by Army. The Army felt that electricity was the most critical requirement in far-flung areas so they launched “Roshni” Project, including the population of nomadic Gujjars and Bakherwal communities. Their initial aim was to light up 5,000 homes and "dhoks" "After approaching several NGOs, a Mumbai-based NGO, 'Eco Solutions' agreed to be a part of the project in 2016". The execution of the project has genuinely uplifted the standard of living of the rural population in high-altitude remote areas and has also led to a better relationship between the Army and the local population. The distribution of solar lights has not only provided 6-8 hours of free light but also gave them a sense of security during hours of darkness in the remote areas and enabling children to pursue their studies in a hassle-free manner. There are nearly 100 villages to be still electrified and efforts are on to achieve 100% electrification under various centrally sponsored schemes.

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