Power Minister RK Singh launches ‘Gram Ujala’ rural lighting programme

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Gram Ujala

New Delhi (NVI): Union Power Minister RK Singh today launched ‘Gram Ujala’, a rural lighting programme, in Arrah, Bihar through virtual mode, that will provide energy access and high-carbon illumination to rural households using carbon finance.

Gram Ujala is a programme formulated using carbon finance and will be implemented by Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), the Power Minister said in a series of tweets.

It will have a clear focus to provide superior quality LED bulbs at just INR 10, he added.

The Minister further said that Gram UJALA programme will have a significant impact on India’s climate change action and will usher in improvement of standard of living, financial savings, greater economic activity, and safety in the villages.

“#GramUjala programme has been planned specifically for India’s rural areas. It will bring about financial savings, increased economic activity & and better safety,” CESL tweeted.

CESL has issued a first of its kind tender to procure 1 crore LED bulbs for its Gram Ujala programme. Through this tender, CESL intends to invite participation of bidders for co-investment on a revenue sharing basis. Under the Gram Ujala programme, CESL will distribute high quality LED bulbs, at an affordable cost in rural areas, EESL said in a statement on Tuesday.

Under the scheme, CESL will be procuring 70 lakh 12-watt LED lamps, and 30 lakh 7-watt lamps. As per the last discovered prices of these LED lamps, the 12-watt lamp will be considered at Rs 75 per bulb and Rs 42 for the 7-watt bulb.

Alok Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Power; Saurabh Kumar, EESL’s Ececutive Vice Chairperson, and Mahua Acharya, MD and CEO of EESL were also present on the launch of the scheme today.