Jayapur village in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi district is not an ordinary village. In 2014, it was adopted by none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi, just six months after he took over his office. The people of the village had high hopes from the model village. But, Jayapur has just suffered a big setback.
As per The Hindustan Times, PM Modi’s adopted village plunged into darkness nearly three years after it was illuminated with solar streetlights. At least 80 solar streetlights out of 135 are not functioning. And the reason- their batteries have been stolen over the last one year. The streetlights were installed in the first half of 2015 by a public sector bank and private companies under their corporate social responsibility (CSR).
Jayapur village head Srinarayan Patel said that the batteries of 50 streetlights in the village were stolen a year ago. “I lodged a written complaint at the police outpost of the village and also informed the Rohania police about the theft. Before any action could be taken, batteries of 30 more streetlights were stolen. I informed the police yet again but to no avail,” said Patel. New batteries have not been installed since then.
Patel said that the thieves have not been identified and the batteries are yet to be recovered. He added that the police has been reminded about the incidents many times but to no avail. “The thieves have not been identified and the batteries are yet to be recovered. I have reminded the police about it on many occasions,” he said. Patel brought the issue to the notice of additional director general (ADG) Vishwajeet Mahapatra who visited the village on Monday to take stock of night patrolling in Jayapur. The village head informed Mahapatra that he had lodged an FIR in connection with battery theft but no action was taken.
As per the HT report, Mahapatra instructed the police to keep a strict vigil in the village and directed the Jayapur and Rohania police to work out the case and ensure the arrest of battery thieves. “A complaint was filed regarding the theft last year. I was not posted here at that time. On the basis of the complaint lodged last year, I am looking into the matter and will work out the case at the earliest,” said Shamsher Khan, In-charge of Jayapur police outpost.
Jayapur was adopted by the Prime Minister under the ‘Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana’ – a programme that gets MPs to ‘adopt’ villages and turn them into model ones.