Dec 6, 2016: The prices of LED bulbs, distributed under Government of India’s subsidised program Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for all (UJALA), have been reduced further. Consumers will now get 9W LED bulbs at only Rs 70 each.
UJALA is being implemented across India by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), which comes under the administration of Union Ministry of Power. The scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in January 2015, with the target to replace 770 million traditional bulbs with energy efficient LED bulbs.
EESL has urged the buyers not pay more than Rs 70 per LED bulb. This subsidised price is available on upfront payment only. EESL has also said that if the buyers come across anyone demanding higher prices than Rs 70, which has been fixed by EESL, they should immediately report the case to UJALA online at www.ujala.gov.in, EESL mail ID – [email protected], or on EESL social media handles – for Twitter @EESL_India and for Facebook @EESLIndia.
Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, EESL, said, “The reduction in the prices of LED bulbs is a significant step towards the government’s vision of an energy efficient and sufficient India. With this price reduction, the LED bulbs have become more affordable for the common man, and we hope that this encourages everyone who have not yet taken benefit of the scheme to come forward and switch to LED bulbs”.
Government of India has maintained transparency and encouraged competition by adopting e-procurement of goods and services. This has also resulted in reduction of transaction cost and time, and enhanced efficiency of the process. This has also resulted in more participation of bidders, which further led to increasing competition, in turn reduced the procurement cost of LED bulbs.
The UJALA scheme has also been successful in rural areas. The reason for this mass adoption is LED bulbs’s energy efficiency, which has now become affordable, too.
It is also claimed that the LED bulbs distributed under the UJALA scheme are superior in quality with three-year free replacement warranty.