The Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs (UJALA) programme has been widely accepted across rural and urban areas of the country and so far over 15.45 crore LED bulbs have already been distributed under this programme. Over 5.15 crore Indian households have already benefitted from this programme and have made their homes brighter.
The UJALA is the world’s largest Light Emitting Diode (LED) programme for the residential sector. The initiative is being implemented by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) a public sector undertaking of Ministry of Power.
The scheme is presently operational in 18 states and 4 Union Territories. EESL will roll out the scheme in West Bengal and North Eastern states in the coming days. In the remaining states and Union Territories, the decision to roll out the scheme is pending with the respective state governments.
LED bulbs can be collected from designated distribution kiosks across the country, the details of which are available on www.ujala.gov.in.
The LED bulbs distributed under the UJALA scheme is one third the market price and these superior quality bulbs also come with a three-year free replacement warranty. Under the UJALA scheme, consumers can avail these LED bulbs at an upfront cost and can save nearly Rs. 336 every year on their electricity bills per LED bulb, making the bulbs free to the user in just 3 months.
Ministry of Power, through Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), has ensured that the common man is made aware of the scheme through various platforms. In every state, where the scheme is functional, traditional media such as Television, Radio and Newspapers; Out of Home media such as Hoardings, Communication Vans, Posters, etc.; and Digital platforms such as website, Social Media, Mobile App and microsite are used to spread awareness about distribution of these bulbs.
Government of India is committed to achieving its target of replacing all the 77 crore inefficient bulbs in India with LEDs. This will result in reduction of 20,000 MW load, energy savings of 100 billion kWh and Green House Gas (GHG) reduction of 80 million tonnes every year.