Power Minister Shri Thongam Biswajit has stated that the whole state including remote areas will be electrified within 2018. He was speaking on the launching ceremony of “Ujala (Unnat Jeevan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances) Yojana” under 1OO days programme of the government, which was held today at Sangai Hall, Hotel Imphal. The launching function was jointly organized by Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited and Energy Efficiency Service Limited.
Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest, the minister said that ‘Ujala Yojana’ is a good scheme initiated by the Central Government in 2015. He also said that the scheme will help the state‘s consumers to save energy and income, while also benefitting the environment by reducing emission of greenhouse gases.
The Minister further stated that Ujala Scheme will benefit the masses and this scheme will be implemented in all district of the state. He elaborated that the government’s mission is bridging the gap between hill and valley. Bringing development in both hill and valley is the first step toward restoring peace in the state.
Shri Th Biswajit said that 37 % of power is wasted due to technical and used of naked wire. Power department will replace naked wire with AV cable wire to control wastage of power and within 2018, whole Manipur will be electrified.
Minister also seeks people’s cooperation for successful implementation of the Ujala Yojana Scheme. He also appealed to Energy Efficiency Service Limited to provide quality products so that consumers do not have any complaint in the future.
The launching function was attended by Chairman of Manipur Pollution Control Board and Khadi and Village Industry Board Shri L. Radhakishore, Parliamentary Secretary (PHE, Printing and Stationary, Horticulture & Soil Conservation) Shri k.Leishiyo and Chief Secretary, Manipur Shri o. Nabakishore Singh as President and Guests of Honour respectively.
Most of the speakers on the dais told about the benefit of the Ujala Yojana Scheme in terms of economy, energy, environment etc. and appealed to consumers for availing its benefit.
Ujala Yojana aims to promote efficient lighting, enhance awareness on using efficient equipment which reduces electricity bills and helps in preserving the environment. The implementing agency, Energy Efficiency Service Limited is targeting to distribute over 10 lakhs LED bulbs and 2 lakhs LED tubelights. Ujala Yojana would be able to make annual energy savings of 14 crore kilowatt. The annual savings in consumer electricity bills would be more than Rs 55 crores and the use of Ujala appliances will also result in reduction of 30 megawatt of peak demand, as well as an annual reduction of carbon dioxide emission by 1,12,000 tones.
In the first phase, Energy Efficiency Service Limited along with Manipur State Power Distribution Company Limited is going to distribute 80,000 LED bulbs and 20,000 Tube Lights.
Under the Ujala scheme, consumers can buy quality 9 w LED bulbs at Rs 70 and 20 w LED tube lights at Rs 230 respectively. And each Household in the state is eligible for purchasing of Six 9w LED bulbs and two 20 w LED tube lights by providing a government recognized photo ID proof along with the electricity bill . In the first phase, these appliances will be available at four subdivision Of MSPDCL i.e IED I/II/III/1V.