SONBHADRA: Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh may have caught the attention of the world for having huge gold reserves, but the glitter cannot hide the pathetic lives being led by the tribals living around the Son Pahari. Tribals here are getting electricity bills of as much as Rs 1 crore without even lighting a single bulb. People have received power bills from Rs 6,000 to more than Rs 1 crore.
Amarnath, a native of Aarang Pani village and a tribal, got an electricity connection under the SAUBHAGYA Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana launched by the Central government.
Now, after one year of getting the connection, he has received a bill of more than Rs 1 crore. There are 156 tribal families here who have received such huge electricity bills.
Amarnath, who owns six bighas of land in the village, told IANS: "An official of the Electricity Department took my Aadhaar Card to provide a connection under the Saubhagya scheme. I got a connection... no doubt. But after one year of getting the connection, the bill I have received is shocking". He said: "I got an electricity bill of Rs 1,13,18,400. Now I am constantly visiting the department's office, but no one is ready to hear me out". (IANS)