Electricity or power supply in Chakma inhabited areas of Arunachal Pradesh is very dismal, perhaps due to the negligence of the concerned authorities. Having electricity is a great advantage – a boon of technology to man – to be able to study at night, labour back-up in subsistence farming to yield more crops for self-sufficiency, being able to use modern power gadgets like cell phones and internet access, so on.
Almost 80% of Chakmas of Arunachal Pradesh live without power supply completely depending on the natural source of light, the Sun or kerosene which they use for lighting lamps at homes. Most of the rural population remain in the dark, without proper livelihood and lifestyle with faint or no hope for advancement in their life. Yet, lack of power supply remained an issue in the dark so far without proper initiative by the concerned authorities.
In fact, lack of electricity is one of the most important issues which requires attention and immediate measure by the concerned authorities to overcome poverty in rural population and combat inequalities in India, in general.
Below, just have a look at the chart of electricity installation (with extremely low voltage for only few hours a day ) or no electricity in Chakma inhabited areas of AP:
CIRCLES NAMES ELECTRICITY STATUS
Diyun Circle – Joshnapur Yes
Avoipur (No.5) Yes
Dumpather – Yes
Udaipur – Partly
Modoidip – No
Hamakkapur – Partly
Block 6 No. – Partly
Bloch 3 No. – Partly
Miao Circle – Dharmapur (all) – No
Diban – No
Pahan – No
M-Pen – upto 6mile
Horripore – No
Bordumsa Circle Bijoypur (all)- No
Kharsang Circle – Ratnapur – Yes
Gulokpur – Yes
Milanpur – Yes
Chowkham Circle (Lohit) – Chakma Basti Partly
Kokila Circle (Subansari) Partly