Gram Ujala scheme – UPSC Prelims

Gram Ujala scheme:
  • Gram Ujala was launched by the Government of India with the aim to raise awareness against climate change and to save electricity.
  • Under the scheme, LED bulbs will be distributed at a highly subsidised rate at ₹10 across villages in five states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
  • Residents can buy a maximum of 5 LED bulbs by paying for old 100 watts bulbs. The government will also install meters at these houses.
  • The scheme is being implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited(EESL)’s subsidiary Convergence Energy Services Ltd (CESL).
  • The programme will be financed entirely through carbon credits and will be the first such programme in India.
  • Expected impact of the scheme: The scheme will save 2025 million units (kWh) of electricity annually, while there will also be a reduction in carbon emissions by 16.5 lakh tons per annum. This will provide better lighting in homes at a cheaper rate.
Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL):
Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) is a subsidiary of state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Limited, a joint venture of public sector companies under the Ministry of Power. CESL is focused on delivering clean, affordable, and reliable energy.