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Appraised AP CM Jagan, Minister Peddireddi For Gram Ujala Program: Mahua Acharya

 Appraised AP CM Jagan, Minister Peddireddi For Gram Ujala Program: Mahua Acharya

Gram Ujala to brighten Rural AP with LEDs 

Government is planning to distribute LED bulbs to in households in rural areas with support of Union Govt.

  • Great benefit to villages- electricity bills to reduce by  Rs.600 to 700 /Annum by implementing gram ujala
  • GoI will invest Rs 450 crore to distribute LED bulbs in Andhra Pradesh
  • Entire investment for Gram UJALA will be borne by CESL/EESL,

No financial burden on Govt. of AP

  • CESL plans to distribute around 4.4 Crore LEDs to about 81.5 lakhs
  • AP Power sector can reduce peak demand of 1144 MW by gram Ujala
  • AP will be the third State that is planned to launch the program
  • AP creates history in welfare programs

Since Independence, no state govt. has initiated schemes for rural people like AP

  • Selection of AP by GoI for Gram Ujala indicates the credibility of JaganMohan Reddy’s Govt — PR & RD Minister, Peddireddi Ramachandra reddy
  • MD/CESL meets PR & RD minister and appraised about gram ujala

Impressed with the rapid development in the rural areas for welfare of people in the state and pro-active steps initiated by the State government for enhancement of energy efficiency, the Government of India is likely to invest a whooping Rs. 450 Crs for the implementation of Gram Ujala Program in Andhra Pradesh that will help lessen the burden of electricity bills on the rural households in the state and also peak power demand substantially for the state power utilities.

Under this Program, Convergence Energy Services Limited(CESL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL, GoI) have contemplated to distribute around 4.4 Crore LEDs to about 81.5 lakhs rural households in Andhra Pradesh. The biggest advantage of the Gram Ujala program to be implemented by the Centre(CESL) with major support of Panchayat raj & Rural Development in co-ordination with APSEEDCO, Energy dept.,  is that the rural households will be able to reduce their electricity bills to the tune of Rs.600/- to 700/- /Annum. This program will also help AP Power sector to reduce peak demand of 1144 MW thus benefiting rural consumers as well as DISCOMs.

In this connection, disclosing the above, the Managing Director of CESL, Mahua Acharya who met the Minister for Panchayat Raj & Rural Development, Peddireddi Ramachandra Reddy discussed about the launching of Gram Ujala Program and requested the Minister for finalizing convenient date, District/Venue.

CESL MD briefed the minister that five pro-active states in welfare and energy efficiency programs such as Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, and Gujarat were selected to implement the Gram Ujala Program and Andhra Pradesh is one among them. CESL has already launched the Gram Ujala Program in the States of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh will be the third State that is being planned to launch the program soon.

MD CESL stated that formalities for launching of Gram Ujala Program in Andhra Pradesh in terms of UN based Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) protocols have been completed and a sample survey was conducted that indicates usage of 5 inefficient incandescent bulbs (ICLs) in rural households of Andhra Pradesh. Under this scheme, 7 watt and 12 watt LED bulbs will be given to eligible rural households at Rs.10 each and against the submission of working incandescent bulbs of 60 watt and 100 watt.

Minister for Panchayat Raj & Rural Development, Peddireddi Rama Chandra Reddy thanked CESL, GoI for selecting AP among five states to launch the novel program for distribution of LED bulbs for Rs.10/- each up to maximum 5 LED bulbs per house hold without any burden on the State Government. Each 7 W LED costs Rs.70/- and 12 W costs Rs.120/- in the market. Providing LEDs at a such nominal price of Rs.10/- is a welcoming step and selection of AP for this program  clearly shows the credibility and policies of Y S JaganMohan Reddy‘s Government towards welfare of people. AP government is taking all possible measures to improve the quality of the life and standards of living of rural people, Minister said.

The Minister said that the state government was making sustained efforts to bring a radical change in rural areas by implementing welfare programs besides improving rural economy. Irrespective of their social or economical status or political affiliation, all sections of people are being provided the best government services and schemes at their door steps. We will implement gram ujala project in villages and we will take the assistance of village volunteers for the success of the gram ujala program, minster said

The government is determined to make every village as a role model village.  The Chief Minister has created history by giving employment to more than 2 lakh people at one stretch including village volunteers to take administration to the doorsteps of people even in remote villages.

The Panchayat Raj Minister said that since Independence, no state government in the country has initiated many welfare schemes for rural people that are being implemented now in Andhra Pradesh. This is first of its kind in the history to create new path for 100 per cent welfare of rural people through providing quality education, medical and health , drinking water facilities, , agriculture, housing, roads etc. Self sustainability of rural people is the ultimate objective of Chief Minister and the government will never compromise on the welfare of people and will make all out efforts to reach this goal, he said.

LED is a highly energy efficient lighting technology. Residential LEDs use at least 75 per cent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting in general. The LEDs emit very less heat comparing with incandescent bulbs and CFLs which releases 90 per cent and 80 per cent of their energy as heat respectively, she said.

According to a report of CESL, District wise Rural beneficiaries through Gram Ujala:

Key Activities in Gram Ujala are as follows:

  1. Finalization of CDM documentation  and submission to UN accredited Validator for registration
  2. Distribution of LEDs will be done by door to door and/or through kiosk
  3. Collection and storage and Verification: Replaced baseline lamps would be collected from the consumer by CESL . Records of all replaced baseline lamps will be maintained by CESL/Designated authorities
  4. Destruction of ICLs; CESL will arrange for destruction of collected baseline lamps in accordance with protocols as per the agreed terms of reference
  5. Issuance of Carbon credits: The entire process will be overseen by the validator and will recommend to CDM-EB for issuance of Carbon credits

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