RANGPUR: Over 29,300 small and medium scale and cottage industries, powered by rural electrification, are rolling smoothly boosting the rural economy even amid the corona pandemic in the division.
Rural entrepreneurs are running cottage, small and medium scale power-run enterprises and industries creating jobs for unemployed youths to improve the livelihoods and living standard of rural people, reports BSS.Superintending Engineer of Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) at its Rangpur zonal office Engineer AB Mahmud Hossain said electrification has become a blessing for rural people.
“We have brought 100-percent villages under power supply coverage in the On-grid area by July last year setting up a milestone to improve living standard, rural economy and lifestyle of rural people of Rangpur division,” Engineer Mahmud said.
BREB through its Eight Palli Bidyut Samities have provided around 34 lakh different types of power connections covering 31.95 lakh beneficiary families in rural areas of the division till July last year.
The provided power connections include 30.54 lakh residential, 1.90 lakh commercial, 43,552 charitable institutions, 29,300 small and medium scale and cottage industries, 712 large industries, 86,633 irrigation pumps, 835 street lights and 372 other connections.
“Local entrepreneurs have set up 29,300 power-run cottage, small and medium scale enterprises and industries as well as 712 large industries and running those smoothly in Rangpur zone,” Engineer Hossain said.
Taking the advantage of rural electrification, entrepreneurs are continuing to establish cottage, small and medium scale power-run industries and enterprises creating more jobs for unemployed rural youths even during the Covid-19 pandemic situation.All 9,298 targeted villages in 514 unions in the On-grid area of BREB’s Rangpur zone have been brought under 100-percent power supply networks in 55 upazilas of the division, also paving the way for rural people to set up industries and enterprises.
Currently, rural entrepreneurs are running power-run commercial establish-ments, cottage, small and medium industries and enterprises, agri-based and heavy industries while farmers are operating irrigation pumps in rural areas.
“Rural electrification has become a blessing for rural people, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, enabling them in running power-run enterprises and industries,” Engineer Mahmud said.
Mohammad Anwarul Islam of village Chandanpat Matiyapara under Sadar upazila in Rangpur said he led poor life with his wife Sheuly Begum and son Shishir, 9, for years together.
“But, my life started changing since I set up a welding workshop ‘Shishir Traders’ at nearby Chandanpat Bazar and started welding works using electricity to earn better seven years ago,” he said.
Even during the current Covid-19 pandemic situation, Anwarul currently earns Taka 15,000 to 20,000 a month after paying monthly electricity bills ranging between Taka 1,500 and 2,000.
Mohammad Motiar Rahman of village Sreerampur in the same area said he runs a husking mill using electricity and crushes paddy at Chandanpat Bazar to earn Taka 20,000 monthly meeting all expenses.
Youth Kajol Barman of village Gopinathpur under Rangpur Sadar upazila said he worked at a tailoring shop in Rangpur city for six years.
“Taking the facility of electricity supply, I set up a tailoring shop “Noya Selai Ghar” at Chalk Yusufpur Bazar near my village mine years ago,” Kajol said.
Kajol continues working at his shop even during the pandemic period with his employee Mostafiz and earns Taka 15,000 every month after meeting all expenses.
By virtue of rural electrification, Farmer Ariful Haque Batul of village Najirdigar in Rangpur Sadar cultivates Boro rice and other crops on his seven acres of lands using own electricity-run irrigation pumps.
“I spend Taka 3,000 per acre of my sandy land for cultivating Boro rice using electricity-run irrigation pumps to reap more profits while other farmers spend up to Taka 10,000 per acre using diesel-run shallow tube wells for the purpose,” he added.