Maha, Andhra & Orissa to get Nutan Deep scheme soon

Written by Sanjay Jog | Mumbai, Sep 27 | Updated: Sep 28 2007, 04:30am hrs
The UPA government, in one of its aam admi programme, proposes to launch the Nutan Deep scheme in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. Five districts in each of these states will be covered under the scheme, which would largely benefit poor.

Around 10 lakh energy efficient kerosene lamps will be distributed in the states initially and will be extended to one crore in the next four months.

In the first phase based on the advise of the petroleum ministry, 10 lakh Nutan Deep lamps is to be procured by the oil industry for launch on November 8, a day before Deepawali to coincide with the festival of lights.

Subsequently, the bulk of the procurement would be done in a phased manner within a time span of four months to cover the rural household.

Informed sources told FE, State-run oil marketing companies (OMCs) led by India Oil Corporation (IOC), will co-ordinate and issue tender papers for procurement of 1 crore lamps through public tender basis. For these quantities, the oil marketing companies will prepare the tender papers, float the same and complete the formalities in the next 45 days. While this process is on, for the launch of the scheme, 10 lakh lamps will be procured by the OMCs on a limited tender basis. The manufacturers will be identified by the IOC. The company will actively support the entire procurement process and oil industry will jointly work for procurement.

Recently, tenders were floated for the procurement of 10 lakh Nutan Deep lamps on industry basis (of which 5 lakh will be by IOC).