PM’s Ujala scheme has distributed 36.78 crore LEDs for INR 220 and energy-efficient fans for Rs 1200
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had rolled out the Ujala scheme in 2015 to reduce energy consumption in India. Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All or Ujala was established as a replacement of Bachat Lamp Yojana jointly by the Public Sector Undertaking of Indian Government, EESL (Energy Efficiency Services Limited), under the Union Ministry of Power and the Electricity Distribution Company.
Ujala aims to promote the usage of LED bulbs and LED-powered appliances in every household. But the costly replacement of the traditional bulbs was a barrier to the objective of the scheme. However, the DELP on-bill financing schemes were proposed to mitigate this barrier.
Ujala Scheme Offers LED Tube Lights for INR220
Under this Ujala scheme, BEE5-star rated energy efficient fans, and 20 Watt LED tube lights are distributed to the consumers through special kiosks set up in their respected cities. The location of these kiosks is geo-tagged on the government website, http://ujala.gov.in/ The LED bulbs are priced at INR70.
The Gram Ujala scheme launched by Power & New and Renewable Energy Minister, the LED bulbs are priced at INR10 only. R K Singh kickstarted the program in Bihar, under which 7 watts and 12-watt LED bulbs with three years of warranty will be given to rural consumers. The rural consumers have to submit working incandescent bulbs.
In comparison, these 20 watts are 50% more energy-efficient than 40-watt tube lights and costs INR220 per tube, 40% of the market rate. The BEE 5-star rated fans are 30% more energy efficient than the conventional ones and costs INR1200 per fan.
More than 36.78 crore LEDs are distributed under the scheme to date, according to the website. Orissa has availed a maximum number of LEDs with 5.23 crore LEDs. Gujarat follows next with 4.15 crore LEDs.
Eligibility of Households To Avail The Ujala Scheme
The path was waved with a single replacement: In Modi’s South Block office in Delhi, a traditional bulb was replaced with a LED. Every household with a meter connection can avail scheme from their respective Electric Distribution Company.
Consumers can purchase the LEDs with a monthly or bi-monthly EMI option if they cannot afford to pay the entire amount at once. They can avail a minimum of two LEDs to a maximum of 10 LEDs per household.
Documents Required To Procure LEDs Under Ujala scheme
The consumer needs to provide the following documents:
-A address proof matching the address mentioned on the electricity bills. (Address Proof is not required in upfront payments)
-Electric bill photocopy.
-Photo or ID proof.
-Cash-in-advance for consumers availing EMI facilities. The remaining amount will be adjusted in the electricity bill.
Registering Complaints About Ujala scheme
Usually, LEDs have a long life of over 15 years if used for four to five hours only. But if the bulbs procured under the scheme fuse due to technical reasons, EESL will be providing a free warranty against technical faults for three years.
The damaged bulbs can be replaced at designated DELP stores or retailers. But the store owners have to be informed about the same by the PSU with the same product or similar products from other EESL certified companies.
UJALA SCHEME IN A SNAPSHOT
|WHEN UJALA WAS LAUNCHED||By Modi on 1st May 2015|
|ELIGIBILITY TO AVAIL UJALA||Any household with metered electric connections|
|DOCUMENTS REQUIRED||For Upfront Payments: Govt. authorized identity proof For EMIs: Latest Electricity Bill with matching government recognized address proof and ID proof|
|WHERE UJALA BULBS CAN BE AVAILED||At designated kiosks in the cities. Locations are geo-tagged on the government website: http://ujala.gov.in/|
|REGISTERING COMPLAINTS||Login to EESL website: https://support.eeslindia.org/|