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Launch of Gram Ujala

  • IASbaba
  • March 22, 2021
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Launch of Gram Ujala

Part of: GS Prelims and GS – II – Policies and interventions 

In news

  • Gram Ujala programme was recently launched in Arrah, Bihar.
  • Ministry: Ministry of Power

Key takeaways 

  • 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.

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