Friday, April 13, 2018

Hosa Belaku: A stratagem for Karnataka by DK Shivakumar!

Bright LED lights to every house across Karnataka. A special scheme by Power Minister DK Shivakumar for the deprived people.




In 2015, Energy Minister and Honourable Chief Minister Siddaramaiah launched the most ambitious project ‘HOSA BELAKU’. The motto of the project is to provide LED bulbs to every house across Karnataka. Interestingly, the Department of Energy chose Sandalwood actors Puneeth Rajkumar and Ramya of Kannada Film Industry as the brand ambassadors to ensure the successful implementation of the project. Energy Efficiency Service Limited (EESL), a public energy service company merged with the administration of Ministry of Power, Government of India (GOI). This is an outstanding initiative taken, under the guidance of Energy Minister DK Shivakumar. More than 2.3 million LED bulbs have been distributed across Karnataka to make every home energy efficient. Initially, there were reports in some sectors of media about the pricing of the LED bulbs under the Hosa Belaku Yojana in the state. The news report claimed that, EESL is selling the LED bulbs at a higher cost for the BPL category. However, EESL clarified that there is no differential pricing for different sets of consumers under Hosa Belaku, in Karnataka. Each 9W LED bulb is being distributed at Rs. 100 to all the consumers.

Benefits of LED bulbs
The Hosa Belaku scheme has helped in energy conservation. An average of 20 units of electricity is conserved monthly if a household switches to 10 LED bulbs, say reports of CESC based on consumer feedback. Further reports say that, the scheme has already started yielding expected results. This is an endless effort by Energy Minister DK Shivakumar.

Availability of LED bulbs and where?
Consumers are instructed to bring an ID proof, along with the latest power bill, to avail the benefit. Each consumer is at present being given five bulbs, at Rs. 100 per piece (for 2KW). If the sanctioned load (3KW+) is more, such consumers are entitled to get 10 bulbs. The bulbs are easily available throughout Karnataka. In Bangalore LED bulb distribution points have been set up at respective BESCOM office. According to furthermore reports, the Government is aiming to distribute 77 crore LED bulbs by March 2019.