Jharkhand, a state carved out of Bihar in 2000, is one of the richest states in India and is the home to the largest storehouse of precious mines and minerals. However, ever since its formation, Jharkhand was the most politically unstable state with 9 changes in Chief-ministership and President’s rule being imposed three times. Due to this, state could not achieve its full potential in the first 15 years of existence and lagged in every parameter. However, the fortune of Jharkhand started to change with the formation of first stable BJP government since November 2014. Today, the state is witnessing a massive development in all sectors – be it roadways, social sector, improved law & order, ease of doing business and investment in the state. However, the commitment of Raghubar Das, the CM of Jharkhand, has put the state on the cusp of power revolution.
The UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs) scheme , the flagship program of the union government to provide LED bulbs to every household with an aim to save power, was launched by chief minister Raghubar Das in November 2015. Within one year, Jharkhand government distributed around 80 lakh LED bulbs among 13 lakh consumers through Jharkhand Bijli Vitaran Nigam Ltd (JBVNL). The successful implementation of the UJALA scheme led JBVNL bag the National Energy Conservation Award 2016 in December. Now the state government has taken the UJALA scheme to an altogether new level. Jharkhand Bijli Vitaran Nigam Ltd (JBVNL), the agency for distribution of electricity, will distribute energy conserving fans and tubelights among its consumers from mid-January, under the Centre’s Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme.
According to Rahul Purwar, managing director of JBVNL, “The distribution of 80 lakh LED bulbs will help save 744 million units of electricity annually. Now, we are preparing to distribute LED tubelights and energy conserving fans among consumers so that the energy consumption level reduces further“. The power consumption of LED tubelight which Jharkhand Government will distribute is 20 Watt against the conventional tubelight that are rated 50 to 60 Watt. The fans to be distributed have been rated five star by the Centre’s Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and these fans consume 50 Watt energy against the 80 Watt conventional fans. “The tubelight will help cut down the energy consumption by two-third or at least half while the fans will cut down consumption by 30%,” Purwar said.
Apart from the central government’s UJALA scheme, the state government of Jhakrhand is also planning to distribute BEE 5 star rated energy efficient pump sets among farmers of the state on highly subsidized rates under the Manjhi Scheme. Also, the work to replace all 70,000 conventional halogen street lights across the state with LED lights under the National Street Light Programme to conserve energy has been initiated by the JBVNL. The first district in Jharkhand where the work to replace conventional street light with LED lights started is Deoghar, the cultural capital of Jharkhand, where about 2000 lights have been replaced by LED. The work in Dhanbad and Ranchi will start in a few days.
The state, which faced power crisis, is on a cusp of major power revolution. The coordination between the state government & central government, combined with dedication of the state government is doing wonders to the state.