What is ‘UJALA’? (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All)
Light is a critical part of infrastructure. In many villages in India we still do not have electricity. The government has taken a few steps to improve that condition by launching its new ‘UJALA’ programme for the Domestic Efficient Lightning Programme or DELP. The DELP programme is currently running successfully under 120 cities in the country. It has been quite a success.
Now the new programme, mainly known as the ‘Unnati Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All’ or UJALA is being coined to take the DELP initiative forward. It will be implemented by the Energy Efficiency Services Limited or the EESL.
When was it launched?
It has been over a year since the National LED programme was launched by the Prime Minister in 2015. The target of that initiative was to replace about 77 crore incandescent systems with LED bulbs.
UJALA is yet another revival of the DELP scheme which is taking forward the interests of the concerned authorities. With UJALA, the government aims to help more people with the LED bulbs service. With the revival of UJALA the DELP aims to double its reach.
How will it help us?
One of the key reasons that this programme has been initiated is because light is not only crucial but also important. If we could implement was to save power by saving on our ways of using light, India could become a really energy efficient country. The words of Power Minister Piyush Goyal, stroke the same chord. He said that “light is critical to our programme. The programme will save power”.
It was also mentioned that LED light being energy efficient uses less power and therefore it is better for the environment. Also, it using lesser energy reduces the load on the electricity bills and people might actually end up paying lower electricity bills after this initiative.
What has it achieved till now?
According to Piyush Goyal, the UJALA has revived the already successful DELP programme and many more cities are expected to join very soon wit this initiative. He has also approached the EESL team for successfully distributing LED bulbs across the country.
Some of the key points to note here are:
- There are already multiple households that have benefitted from this programme
- Crores of rupees have been saved from the government’s expenses
- More people have started using clean energy
- LED bulbs save electricity bills of thousands of people