Goa government to discontinue the LED bulb scheme

Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar has announced that LED bulb scheme ‘Jyotirmay’ will be discontinued due to falling demand. The scheme was started last year in July and LED bulbs were provided to consumers.

Plans are to replace the current scheme with a one that provides tubelights, fans and bulbs under a centrally funded project. These will be provided at a cheaper rate.

“The response to Jyotirmay Goa scheme was going down with passing time. That is why we have decided to suspend it,” state power minister Madkaikar was quoted by PTI. It is estimated that around 7 lakh bulbs were distributed under LED bulb scheme.

“The new scheme will not incur any financial liability on the state government. We will only have to provide shelter for the firm which will be implementing this central government initiative,” he said.

Initially the new scheme will be started in electricity department’s sub-divisional offices and in the second phase it will be taken to  the Panchayats.