From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : PM UJALA scheme
Mains level : Not Much
The Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) Scheme and Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) marks their sixth anniversary today.
Do not get confused with PM-UJJWALA Scheme.
- Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) was launched by our PM on 1 May 2015, replacing the “Bachat Lamp Yojana”.
- The project is spearheaded by the Energy Efficiency Services Limited.
- In non-subsidized LED lamp distribution projects, this program is considered the world’s largest.
- In May 2017, the Government of India announced that they were expanding the LED distribution project to the United Kingdom.
- Both the programmes are being implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power, Government of India since their inception.
A roaring success
- Under UJALA, EESL has distributed over 36.69 crores LED bulbs across India.
- This has resulted in estimated energy savings of 47.65 billion kWh per year with an avoided peak demand of 9,540 MW and an estimated GHG emission reduction of 38.59 million tonnes CO2 per year.
- Additionally, over 72 lakh LED tube lights and over 23 lakh energy efficient fans have also been distributed at an affordable price under this programme.