Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel today launched the Central government's Ujala Scheme in the state and appealed power consumers to adopt for sustainable energy options like LED lightings.
Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel today launched the Central government’s Ujala Scheme in the state and appealed power consumers to adopt for sustainable energy options like LED lightings.
Under the scheme, which has been launched in many other states, domestic consumers will be provided LED bulbs at a subsidised rate of Rs 80-85 per piece, while industries will be sold at Rs 90 per piece.
“I appeal to people to purchase LED (Light Emitting Diodebulbs) bulbs under this scheme as it is going to help in energy consumption. One LED bulb saves upto Rs 315 a year and it will save consumers lot of money on their power bills,” the chief minister said at the launch here.
“Under the scheme, government will distribute LED bulbs at subsidised rate of Rs 80-85 per piece. Commercial bodies and industries will get it at Rs 90/per piece. The bulb will have 3-year replacement warranty. It will be 7-8 Watts with luminosity of 900 lumens,” state Finance minister Saurabh Patel told PTI.
“Nearly 12 crores LED bulbs will be distributed in the next one year which will benefit about 1.21 crore consumers. It will help consumers in saving considerable amount of money each year,” Patel said.
He said each household will get a maximum of 10 bulbs in the first phase. The amount will be charged through electricity bill in eight to ten instalments.
The government will purchase the bulbs from Energy Efficient Services Ltd (EEEL) kiosks. Distribution of bulbs will take place through sub-division offices of DISCOM, DISCOM bill collection centres across the state.
Consumers can purchase these bulbs by showing monthly electricity bill or ID cards.
“Ujala scheme will not only help reduce consumers’ electricity bill amount but also contribute to the energy security of India. It is being monitored in a transparent manner through a national dashboard,” he saidU