Govt of India’s UJALA scheme launches in Sikkim
Minister for Energy & Power and Labour, Dorjee Dazom Bhutia launched the Government of India’s Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All (UJALA) scheme in the state today. In Sikkim, the government will distribute 14.5 lakh 9 W LED bulbs and 8.7 lakh 20 W LED tube lights in the state under this scheme. It is estimated that over 1.45 lakh consumers will benefit from the scheme. The UJALA scheme is being implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a JV under the administration of Ministry of Power, Government of India.
Under UJALA consumers can buy high quality 9 W LED bulbs at a discounted rate (as compared to the market price) of Rs 70 and LED tube lights at Rs 230 each on an upfront basis. Consumers can avail a maximum of 10 LED bulbs and 6 LED tube lights per household.
Minister for Energy & Power and Labour, Mr. Bhutia said, “Sikkim has always been committed towards a clean and green environment. Therefore, it has encouraged the government to introduce GOI’s UJALA scheme, which is one of the successful energy efficiency scheme in the country. By adopting UJALA the consumers will realise how drastically their electricity bills have gone down. Besides it will also help the government manage peak demand as well. We are also proud that through the adoption of energy efficient appliances we are helping the environment mitigate climate change. I am very positive and look forward to the consumers of Sikkim to understand their significant role in this change. I am confident that the people of Sikkim will come forward, adopt this scheme and will be part of the new energy efficient nation.”
UJALA domestic appliances can be purchased from the distribution centres listed on www.ujala.gov.in. EESL provides free of cost replacement for all technical faults for 3 years for LED bulbs and LED tube lights. During the distribution, replacements can be done through any of the distribution counters that would be operating within the city.
The UJALA scheme was launched by the Prime Minister of India on January 5th, 2015 with a target of replacing 77 crore inefficient bulbs with Energy Efficient LED Bulbs. Currently, over 20.83 crore LED bulbs, over 4.47 lakh LED tube lights and over 2.88 lakh energy efficient fans have been distributed and 16.53 lakh LED street lights have already been replaced in the country. This is leading to a daily energy savings of more than 7.04 crore kWh and resulting in avoidance of over 5,416 MW of peak demand. Through the scheme the estimated cumulative cost reduction in bills of consumers, per day is Rs 29.7 crore and 60,173 t of CO2 reduction per day.