A village in J & K gets solar rechargeable lanterns from army

The army distributed solar rechargeable lanterns in a remote village of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir. With only a handful having electricity connections, this help by the army, would help villagers overcome the problem of lack of electricity

December 23, 2019. By Hemant Arora

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The Army on Sunday distributed solar rechargeable lanterns in a remote village of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir, as defense spokesperson said. The initiative was undertaken as part of the 'Operation Goodwill'.

As reported by the PTI, the lanterns were distributed in Kheta Basha village, which has about 100 houses with only a handful having electricity connections, Udhampur-based Army PRO Lt Col Abhinav Navneet said.

As pointed out by the PRO residents of the village comprising  Gujjars and Bakarwals are facing hindrance in their routine work due to absence of proper lightning.

Lt Col Navneet said, "To overcome the problem of electricity in the village and also help the Gujjar and Bakarwal families and their children, the Army provided solar lanterns to the families who do not have electricity connection."

He also mentioned that, "The initiative would facilitate children studying in the dark, benefit the elderly and provide safety to women during night time."

The PRO said, "This effort of the Army will eventually help in reducing the dependence of villagers on kerosene lanterns, which otherwise are used for lighting in the absence of power supply. Thereby, it promotes the use of renewable, efficient and clean source of energy for a cleaner environment."

The sarpanch of the village expressed his happiness over the army's help to villagers. As reported by the PTI, the Sarpanch said , "The Army has always been supporting the village by conducting various welfare and development projects, especially for Gujjar and Bakarwal communities."

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