India, July 4 -- Bijli Sakhis have taken the road to empowerment in rural areas of Prayagraj district in Uttar Pradesh, taking up the job of reading electricity meters, generating bills and collecting the billed amount.

Ranjana, 30, a mother of two children aged 10 and seven years, is one such Bijli Sakhi. A resident of Dhokari village in Phulpur development block of the district, she goes off on government business every morning after quickly completing her household chores.

Every day, from 10 am, Ranjana visits home after home. She walks long stretches under the scorching sun, reading electricity meters and generating bills using a smart device hanging around her neck. She quickly collects the billed amount and then deposits it at the...