Bhubaneswar: In yet another emulation of central scheme, the Odisha government today launched a scheme titled ‘Ama Ghare LED’- on the lines of Centre’s Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LED for All (UJALA) scheme which is claimed to be the largest LED distribution programme in the world.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today kicked off the scheme with a commitment to provide four LED bulbs of 9 watt each to the NFSA, SFSS beneficiaries in the State. As per the announcement, about 95 lakh beneficiaries in the State will avail the benefit. The State will procure 3.80 lakh bulbs for distribution among the beneficiaries, who will avail the same during PEETHA (People’s Empowerment—Enabling Transparency and Accountability of Odisha Initiative) camps scheduled to be held between January 15 and 20, Energy department secretary Hemant Sharma informed the media.
With quality light, these bulbs will reduce the electricity bill of the poor consumers, he added.
BJP, however, questioned the genuineness of the scheme. Party spokesperson Golak Mohapatra dubbed the State programme as a simple ‘copy-paste’ scheme. “The ruling BJD is habituated with making the central scheme copy and paste. A government of liars is currently functioning in the State, which is always busy imitating central schemes with central funds”, Mohapatra added.
UJALA, a centre’s flagship programme was launched in 2015 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, under which every household is availing the LED bulbs at Rs 70 only.
It is widely speculated that Naveen’s fresh scheme is just meant to counter Modi’s UJALA scheme in a bid to gain political mileage ahead of 2019 elections. There were various instances of Odisha government imitating central schemes.