Ama Ghare LED Light Scheme 2021: Odisha govt. has launched Ama Ghare LED Light Yojana to provide free LED bulbs to 95 lakh families. The state govt. has decided to distribute 4 crore Free LED Bulbs to beneficiaries of National Food Security Act (NFSA) and State Food Security Scheme (SFSS). The state govt. will distribute these bulbs under Ama Ghare LED Light Scheme with main focus on conservation of power. Each NFSA beneficiary will get 4 LED bulbs free of cost. Each bulb will have a warranty period of 3 years.
The responsibility for Free Distribution of 4 crore LED bulbs is given to Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Limited (OPTCL). The state govt. wants that all the process for implementation must be completed till September end. Govt. will implement this Free LED Bulb Scheme from next month where people would be able to get these Bulbs at PDS and fair price shops.
What is Odisha Ama Ghare LED Light Yojana 2021
Under this scheme, all the poor households in the state will get 4 LED lights / bulbs absolutely free of cost. These LED bulbs will light up the houses of the poor families who are unable to purchase LED’s or are using other bulbs. Moreover, these LED bulbs are energy efficient and will also reduces the electricity bills of people belonging to economically weaker sections.
Odisha govt. budget this year is a pro poor budget with focus on raising the living standards of BPL families. The beneficiaries will have to produce their bio-metric authentication to avail benefits under the scheme.
|Name of scheme||Ama Ghare LED Light Scheme|
|Launched by||Mr Naveen Patnaik|
|Implementation||Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Ltd (OPTCL)|
|Launched date||11 January 2019|
|Who are its Beneficiaries||The beneficiaries of National Food Security Act (NFSA) & State Food Security Scheme (SFSS)|
|Total cost of the project||Rs. 125 Crore|
|Beneficiary count||95 lakhs|
|LED bulbs count||3.80 crore|
Features of Free LED Bulb Scheme for NFSA beneficiaries in Odisha
Under this scheme, poor people in the state will now get 4 LED lights absolutely free of cost. This LED Bulb Distribution Scheme in Odisha will be carried out under Ama Ghare LED Light Karyakram. All the bulbs to be supplied are energy efficient and usage of these bulbs will lessen the electricity bills of poor people. These LED bulbs will light up the houses of the people from economically weaker sections who can’t afford to buy energy efficient LED bulbs. The important features of Ama Ghare LED Light Scheme are as follows:-
- The beneficiaries of the scheme are those who have registered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) and the State Food Security Scheme (SFSS).
- The implementing agency for the scheme is Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Ltd (OPTCL).
- The LED bulbs would be distributed through camps and PDS outlets.
- Biometric authentication is mandatory to avail the benefits of the scheme.
The people in the rural areas were forced to use incandescent or CFL bulbs due to non-availability of quality LED bulbs at a reasonable price. As a result, they were burdened with higher electricity bills. Distribution of LED bulbs at free of cost to the poor families together with reducing the financial burden would enhance the energy efficiency. It is estimated that Odisha would require about 3.8 crore LED bulbs to implement the scheme successfully.
Bulbs will be distributed to the beneficiaries through Public Distribution System Retail Shops and fair price on the dates specified for ration distribution. All the PDS dealers will be paid commission to distribute LED Bulbs.
In another directive, govt. has issued directions to food supply officers to immediately update the number of food security scheme beneficiaries. Odisha govt. will issue ration cards to all those beneficiaries who have already submitted their records.
Source / Reference Link: https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2019/jan/12/cm-launches-ama-ghare-led-1924137.html