Odisha launches free LED bulb distribution scheme

Bhubaneswar | Updated on January 11, 2019 Published on January 11, 2019

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday launched the ‘Ama Ghare LED’ scheme, under which about 95 lakh families in the State will each get four LED bulbs free of cost.

Patnaik said the 9-watt LED bulbs will be distributed to the beneficiaries registered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) and the State Food Security Scheme (SFSC).

Shortage of LED bulbs

Energy Secretary Hemant Sharma said people in rural areas use incandescent or CFL bulbs due to non-availability of quality LED bulbs at reasonable prices, and as a result, are forced to pay higher electricity bills.

Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Ltd (OPTCL) will implement the scheme and the bulbs will be distributed through camps and PDS outlets across the State, Sharma said.

Biometric authentication

The beneficiaries will have to produce biometric authentication to get the benefits of the scheme.

Energy Minister Sushant Singh said the LED project will help curb high-watt consumption. Odisha requires about 3.8 crore LED bulbs for the purpose.

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Published on January 11, 2019
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