This is how this IAS officer is changing the lives of the people living in remote villages of Meghalaya
Meghalaya in the North Eastern part of India is always known for its mesmerizing beauty. Its serene air and the sterling waterfalls make it an unforgettable experience for anyone who visits this unparallel beauty on earth. But the people residing in far-flung villages across Meghalaya are yet to experience the basic modern amenities even in this 21st century; electricity being one of the major problems in these hilly terrains.
But things started to change when Swapnil Tembe joined as SDM in Dadenggre Sub Division of West Garo Hills in Meghalaya. It all began during the last Diwali night, when he had to embrace darkness even during the festival of light!! He decided to do something about it – to light up the remote villages with solar lights in Meghalaya.
While having the conversation with Shantanu Sharma, who is posted as SDM Sohra in Meghalaya, Swapnil got the idea about the possibility of a crowd funding model. Without wasting much time, Swapnil initiated a campaign on Milaap platform to crowd fund the project. The donated amount varied from Rs 10 to Rs 37,000. The response of the people was overwhelming; it exceeded the targeted amount by almost Rs 1, 00,000. Knowing about the noble initiative, even suppliers promised to give 15 lights for free.
They chose remote villages in the Dadenggre subdivision where there was poor power connectivity or there was no electricity at all. The first village selected was Kosigre which is about 10 kms from Dadenggre. A total of 180 solar lanterns were distributed among the villagers. It was quite difficult for the team to reach the venue because of the adverse road condition. But the happy faces and all those giggles of children after the distribution ceremony, made them forget about the tiresome journey the team had just to reach the venue. Very soon Swapnil Tembe is also planning to cover two more villages in the Dadenggre Sub Division itself.