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The Jugaad Electrician

The Jugaad Electrician

Background

Uninterrupted electricity supply was a distant dream for the villagers of Byang village of Jharkhand. Lack of regular electricity supply affected the daily life of the people residing in the area.

 

How did an electrician change the situation?

  • Kedar Prasad Mahto, a 33-year electrician in the State Electricity Board Department constructed a hydropower plant on his own to solve the issue of the electricity supply in the village.
  • He spent 18 years learning, saving money and procuring items for making the plant.
  • The entire setup of the plant is done with trial-and-error method of what he learned over the years.
  • He used discarded materials that he procured from scarp vendors and took up odd jobs to save money for the plant.
  • His effort saw the daylight and the plant was successfully setup on the Senegarha river that passes through the village.
  • Now, all street light and temple lights are lit with the electricity supply from Mahto’s plant in the village.

 

Quote: “Perform anonymous service. Whenever we do good for others anonymously, our sense of intrinsic worth and self-respect increases. ... Selfless service has always been one of the most powerful methods of influence.”-Stephen Covey

 

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