Dec 19, 2016: The government of the Indian state Odisha will provide energy efficient LED tube lights at subsidised rates under the Central government program UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for all), informed state Energy Secretary Rajesh Verma.
In this regard, Odisha government will soon sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with EESL, Verma added. These LED tube light will be of 40 watt, which will help to reduce power consumption. Each tube light will cost Rs 230, which is half the market price. With a three year replacement warranty, the tube lights will be available for the public at power distribution companies and post offices.
Verma said that the state government has already distributed 6.6 million LED bulbs so far, and about 10 million more will be distributed by March 2017.
In April 2016, the Odisha government launched the UJALA scheme to provide LED bulbs to consumers. Under the scheme, each consumer in the state was given 10 LED bulbs of 9 watts at a cheaper price so that they can use them in their houses and save substantial amount of power. The government had also provided 20 LED bulbs to each commercial and trading establishment.
According to stats, the state has about 6 million power consumers, hence the energy department has set a target to replace about 60 million traditional bulbs with LED bulbs.