Ama Ghare LED scheme of Odisha
The government of Odisha has launched the scheme Ama Ghare LED to provide LED bulbs at free of cost to about 95 lakh families in the state.
Features of the Scheme
The features of the Ama Ghare LED are:
- The beneficiaries of the scheme are those who have registered under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) and the State Food Security Scheme (SFSC).
- 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.