UJALA scheme launched in Melaka, Malaysia
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under Ministry of Power, Government of India has launched UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable Lighting for All) Scheme in the State of Melaka, Malaysia. The successful Indian model of UJALA scheme has become a sought-after example for the different nations of the world.
Under this scheme, each household in Melaka will get 10 high quality 9-watt LED bulbs at a lower cost of only RM 10, almost half of the market price. The initiative will have the logistical assistance and facilitation support from Green Growth Asia, which is a not for profit organization. Bulb that is being provided by EESL under the UJALA scheme in Melaka comes with a 3-year free replacement warranty against any technical defects. LED bulbs have a very long life.
Prime Minister of Indiahad launched the world's largest LED distribution programme, UJALA in India on January 5, 2015. The nodal organisation, EESL, had undertaken the task of setting up phase-wise LED distribution centers across the nation to provide people with affordable LED bulbs and energy efficient appliances. Due to bulk LED bulb procurement by EESL, a healthy competition rose among the manufacturers and this brought down the prices of LED bulbs in India from a range of about Rs. 300 - Rs.400 to about Rs. 70 per bulb.
An innovative zero-subsidy model, the scheme reduced the subsidy burdens of the State Government. Currently, over 25-crore LED bulbs have been distributed under the UJALA scheme in India. The purpose of the scheme is not only to reduce electricity bills of consumers but also contribute towards energy security of India.
Sources: Press Information Bureau