Mission Shakti Abhiyan: Women as ‘Bijli Sakhi’ earn Rs 58 lakh as commission in Uttar Pradesh

Found employment in village-village, electricity sakhi doing business.

CM Yogi’s Mission Employment and Mission Shakti Abhiyan reached village-village and door-to-door.

Women of Self Help Groups are taking meter reading, getting electricity bill paid.

Active 2859 women of 3,39,275 Self Help Groups recovered 25.68 crores against 2,04,028 bills, women got income of Rs 58 lakhs.

July 19, Lucknow: Mission Shakti Abhiyan, launched by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for employment and empowerment of women, has now reached village to village and door to door.

Under this campaign, for the first time in the state, women of self-help groups are taking meter readings as Bijli Sakhi and depositing outstanding electricity bills. Due to this, the women of self-help groups have earned about Rs 58 lakh as commission.

On the initiative of CM Yogi, women of self-help groups are being linked with innovations in the state. The system of payment of electricity bills of consumers through self-help groups has been implemented in all the districts of the state. This is also providing employment to women in rural areas and also facilitating people to pay electricity bills.

In the electricity bills deposited by the women of the group, most of the bills are also such, which were not deposited for two or three years or since they had the connection, they had never deposited the bill, but the women of the group had never paid the bill. With this effort, such people have also paid the electricity bill.

In the electricity department, 8600 women of the groups have been registered. In this, 2859 women have recovered 25.68 crore against 2, 04,028 electricity bills. On every bill, the group member is given 20 rupees and if the bill is more than two thousand, one percent is given as commission.

More women will be added to the mission soon: Goswami

Uttar Pradesh State Rural Livelihood Mission MD Bhanu Chandra Goswami said that under the Aajeevika Mission, women of self-help groups have to be added for every thousand rural consumers, for which work is being done at the mission level.

“The women of the groups are being trained by the Electricity Department. Till now 2859 women of 3,39,275 Self Help Groups are working in active mode. The remaining women will soon start the work of collecting the electricity bill after equipment and training,” he added.

In Western UP, 898 Bijli Sakhi are doing maximum work.

The Electricity Department has divided the state into four zones. In these maximum 898 women of self-help groups are working as Bijli Sakhi in Paschimchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited. This is followed by 812 women in Purvanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited, 692 in Dakshinachal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited and 457 in Madhyanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited.

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