India’s Prime Minister Modi: “Give LED Bulbs as Gifts”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday described the LED (light emitting diode) bulb as a ‘Prakash Path’ (way to light) and appealed that gifts such as diaries and calendars on New Year should be replaced by gifts of LEDs. Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal, on his part, floated the idea that Aadhar numbers can be used to give LED bulbs to households to ensure transparency and avoid duplication.
Modi launched a scheme for LED bulb distribution under Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP) in Delhi and a National Programme for LED-based Home and Street Lighting. He said it is much more economical to conserve power than to produce power. He even symbolically replaced one bulb in South Block with an LED bulb and said this initiative was expected to reduce import bills and would save the environment.
He said LED bulbs have almost 50 times more life than ordinary bulbs and therefore provide both energy and cost savings in the medium term.