Ujala scheme keeps 64% of the citizens in darkness

A survey by LocalCircles finds that majority of the citizens are unaware about how to avail the scheme benefits

GN Bureau | September 5, 2016


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Nearly 64 percent of the citizens haven’t received the LED bulbs under a union government’s scheme nor do they know how to get them, says a survey carried out by LocalCircles, a citizen engagement platform. The poll, conducted across more than 56 cities and 20 plus states, found the reason behind this lack of outreach and knowledge to be improper communication about the scheme to consumers. They survey also found that people are not aware of where to procure these bulbs from, how many bulbs can they buy and what is the paperwork required for the same.

The government’s Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme provides LED bulbs at subsidised rates to every household. It was launched by prime minister Narendra Modi in April 2015 with an aim to decrease power consumption as CFL and incandescent bulbs consume more power than LEDs.

“It is a good scheme to reduce overall power consumption, and though the process has been well defined by the central government’s nodal agency it is not being followed at the state level. As a result the scheme is not being implemented across number of states,” said K Yatish Rajawat, chief strategy officer, LocalCircles India.
 

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