National LED programme (UJALA) – UPSC GS2

Read scheme basics from Prelims Notes.
What has the UJALA Scheme achieved in the last 7 years?
  • Programme has evolved to be the world’s largest zero subsidy domestic lighting programme that addresses concerns like high electrification cost and high emissions that result from inefficient lighting.
  • Scheme has been successful in:
    • bringing down the retail price of LED bulbs.
    • massive energy savings
    • reduced annual household electricity bills.
  • It has provided support to the domestic lighting industry and Make in India, as domestic manufacturing of LED bulbs has increased from 1 lakh per month to 40 million per month.
  • Programme has also garnered attention from top management schools of India. It is now a part of Leadership case study in Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad. Furthermore, it is also under consideration for being included in the curriculum of Harvard Business School.
Related Questions:
  1. Give an account of the current status and the targets to be achieved pertaining to renewable energy sources in the country. Discuss in brief the importance of National Programmme on Light Emitting diodes (LEDs).  (UPSC Mains 2016)

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