Developmental schemes, like rural electrification, have changed the lives of people in Digaru Gram Panchayat in Assam's Kamrup District.
The villages, which have people of various tribes including Bodo, Karbi, Tiwi and Adivasis, earlier, had no electricity.
Since the implementation of 'Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidhutikaran Yojana' in 2007, some 20,000 people are leading a better life.
The children can now study till late in the night.
"The electrification has helped school students to study till late in the night. Earlier we had to depend on kerosene lamps and that caused problems," said Maghu Murari, a villager.
"Electrification of the village has helped in my studies. Earlier there was no electricity. The roads have also been built and now we can get smooth bicycle rides," added Senu Murari, a student.
The villages have also benefited from 'Pradhan Mantri Gram Sarak Yojana'. With construction of all-weather roads, communication between villages has also improved.
The supply of electricity and better roads has boosted agricultural production. People have also benefited from better post-harvest facilities and easy access to the local markets.
"Eight villages come under Digaru Gram Panchayat and they are now linked with better roads and have electricity. Only a few villages are yet to benefit from the scheme," said Nolin Doloi, President, Digaru Gram Panchayat.
With peace prevailing in Assam, the government-sponsored schemes are now reaching the doorsteps of villagers. Indeed! Peace is key to development. (ANI)