CENTRAL GOVERNMENT SCHEMES
‘Prakash Path’ – ‘Way to Light’ – The National LED Programme-2015
Launched: 05 January 2015
Main Objective: To distribute LED bulbs and decrease the power consumption.
This is one of the many schemes launched by Narendra Modi government India. The programme has been launched to distribute and encourage the use of LED light bulbs to save both cost and consumption.
ABOUT COMPLETE SCHEME
In a huge step towards conserving the environment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Prakash Path (Way to Light). This is a national program for LED-based home and street lighting. The scheme launched has an aim planning to replace 77 crore conventional bulbs and 3.5 crore conventional streetlights with the LED range.
As per the Economic Survey 2015–16, this change will bring a saving of INR. 45,500 crore by reducing 21,500 MW demand of electricity. The Prime Minister opened the scheme by replacing a bulb with a LED in the South Block in Delhi. After replacing every bulb in the South Block with LED lights resulted in the saving of 7000 units of energy per month.
FEATURES OF NATIONAL LED PROGRAM
1. The national LED program was unveiled on the 5th of January 2015, by 2016 4.77 crore units of LED bulbs have been installed under the Domestic Efficient Lighting Program (DELP) and 5.51 lakh units under the Street Lighting National Program (SLNP). This has saved around 1,547.2 MWs of the peak demand.
2. The Government has aimed to reduce 77 crore incandescent bulbs and 3.5 crore street bulbs with energy efficient LED bulbs and lights under the DELP and SLNP by March 2019.
3. This program will help in justifying the climate change by reducing the CO2 emission by 85 million tonnes annually.
4. The national LED program will also facilitate India’s commitment towards reducing its emission intensity per unit if the Gross Domestic Product by 33–35 percent by 2030 under its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC).
5. The changeover will have a positive impact on savings of 45,000 crores accumulating to domestic consumers and urban local bodies, the annual electricity saving of 109 billion units and a reduction in the demand of 21,000 MWs annually.
6. At the current situation LED bulbs are only assembled in India. The chips and other essential parts are imported from other countries.
7. The government now plans to stick with the make in India program and begin manufacturing of LED light fixtures in India.
8. As per the budget of 2015 to 2016 the government has slashed the import excise duty from 12% to 6% on all inputs for the use of manufacturing of LED driver and MCPCB for LED lights and fixtures as well as LED lamps.