The Key Initiatives of Government

National LED Programme:

  • It is to ensure promotion of energy efficiency in the country.
  • It has two components – Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP) and Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP).
  • DELP – UJALA Scheme was launched to provide LED bulbs to domestic consumers.
  • SLNP – It aims to replace conventional street light with smart and energy efficient LED street lights by March, 2019.
  • The project is funded by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a Public Energy Services Company under the administration of the Union Ministry of Power.

UJALA Scheme:

  • UJALA – UnnatJyoti by Affordable LEDs for All is an energy efficiency scheme to promote efficient lighting, enhance awareness on using efficient equipment which reduce electricity bills and help preserve environment.
  • Under this scheme, LED bulbs at 40% of the market price will be distributed to every grid connected consumer.
  • It is implemented by the Electricity Distribution Company and Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL).

Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY):

  • It is to provide financial and operational turnaround of power distribution companiesandaims at long term affordable and accessible 24×7 power supply to all.
  • It has target of making all DISCOMs profitable by 2018-19 through four initiatives such as Improving operational efficiencies of Discoms, Reduction of cost of power, Reduction in interest cost of Discoms, Enforcing financial discipline on DISCOMs through alignment with state finances.
  • Under this programme, States shall take over 75% of DISCOM debt over two years i.e 50% of DISCOM debt shall be taken over in 2015-16 and 25% in 2016-17.
  • Government of India will not include the debt taken over by the states as per the above scheme in the calculation of fiscal deficit of respective states in the financial years 2015-16 and 2016-17.
  • States will issue non-SLR including SDL bonds in the market or directly to the respective banks / financial institutions (FIs) holding the DISCOM debt to the appropriate extent.
  • DISCOM debt not taken over by the state shall be converted by the banks / FIs into loans or bonds.

Mobile Applications launched by Ministry of Power:

  • GrameenVidyutikaran (GARV) app to help citizens track rural electrification under DDUGJY.
  • VidyutPravah app to provide real time information of electricity price and availability
  •   URJA (Urban JyotiAbhiyaan) app for Urban Power Distribution Sector to enhance Consumer Connect, Project Monitoring of projects and providing information on the monthly performance on parameters like Consumer complaints redressal, Release of New service connection etc.
  • E-Tarang app to monitor the real time status of Transmission System.
  • E-Trans app to help in better price discovery in respect of Inter State Transmission projects.
  • Logistic Efficiency Enhancement Programme (LEEP):
  • The programme is aimed at enhancing the freight transportation in India through improving cost, time, tracking and transferability of consignments through infrastructure, procedural and Information Technology (IT) interventions.
  • The parks are expected to serve four key functions – freight aggregation and distribution, multimodal freight movement, storage and warehousing, and value-added services such as custom clearances.

Kaushal Panjee:

  • Kaushal Panjee (Skill Register) is a mobilisation platform for skill development.
  • The skill register aims to be citizen centric end-to-end solution to aid mobilization of candidates for DeenDayalUpadhyayaGrameenKaushalyaYojana (DDU-GKY) and Rural Self Employment Training Institutes (RSETI).
  • It facilitates mobilization through Self Help Group members, Gram Panchayat Functionaries, Block Officials, and Common Service Centres and directly by the candidate.
  • RSETIs and DDU-GKY Partners can access the Kaushal Panjee to connect with the mobilized rural youth.
  • Kaushal Panjee is connected to the Social Economic Caste Census 2011 which will help the States plan and target their mobilizations based on the socio-economic profile of households in their State.
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