Odisha CM Launches “Ama Ghare LED” Scheme, Free Distribution To NFSA & SFSS Beneficiaries

**Bhubaneswar: ** Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated the “Ama Ghare LED” Scheme of Energy Department at Secretariat through Video Conferencing.

As per the Scheme, four numbers of 9 Watt LED bulbs will be distributed to each beneficiary registered under National Food Security Act (NFSA) and State Food Security Scheme (SFSS) free of cost.

Around 95 lakhs of such households will be benefited under this scheme.

Due to non-availability of quality LED Bulbs at reasonable price in Rural Markets of Odisha, consumes are using incandescent/ CFL bulbs for which they are paying higher electricity bills. Rather, the energy demand of the State is increasing by such high energy consumption. Considering the above scenario, the Department of Energy has come up with this scheme, stated a press note.

OFTCL being the nodal organization will be implementing this scheme, the LED bulbs will be distributed at PDS outlets as well as in PEETHA camp.

The press note also stated that beneficiaries may collect the bulbs by giving their biometric authentication at PDS outlets and PEETHA camp.

On the occasion, Odisha Energy Minister Susant Singh thanked Energy Commissioner-cum-Secretary Hemant Sharma and his team for their valuable inputs for encapsulating the scheme that would bring positive change in the consumer behaviour of the State towards use of energy efficient LED bulbs.

In his media reactions, the Energy Secretary said, “Hon’ble Chief Minister today launched Ama Ghare LED scheme. Through this scheme, each family of 95 lakh NFSA and SFSS beneficiaries will be provided with four LED bulbs free of cost. This bulb is of high quality. Its market price is now over Rs 300 crore. By using this, the electricity bill will be less. This bulb is of 9 watt. We hope the beneficiaries will get good quality bulb and the electricity bill will also be less.”

“Today the scheme was launched. It will be implemented at this January and February months’ PEETHA camps phase wise. Those beneficiaries fail to avail it at PEETHA camps, they can get it from their respective PDS outlets and Gram Panchayat offices any day. Each family will get four bulbs,” he informed.

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