Launch of Gram Ujala
Part of: GS Prelims and GS – II – Policies and interventions
- Gram Ujala programme was recently launched in Arrah, Bihar.
- Ministry: Ministry of Power
- Under the programme, 7 watts and 12-Watt LED bulbs with 3 years warranty will be given to rural consumers against submission of working Incandescent bulbs.
- LEDs will be available for only Rs 10 each for each household.
- Each household will get up to 5 LEDs.
- In the first phase, 15 million LED bulbs will be distributed across villages of Aarah (Bihar), Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Vijaywada (Andhra Pradesh), Nagpur (Maharashtra), and village in western Gujarat.
- The Gram Ujala programme will be implemented in villages of the 5 districts only.
- These rural households will also have metres installed in their houses to account for usage.
Do you know?
- The programme will be financed entirely through carbon credits.
- It will be the first such programme in India
- Carbon credits will be prepared under the Shine Program of Activities with an option for verifying under the Voluntary Carbon Standard, depending on the needs of buyers.
- Carbon Credit Buyers will also be sought through an open process based on initial discussions with the market.
- The balance cost and margin on the LED cost will be recouped through the carbon credits earned.