The LED industry has asked the government to withdraw its bulbs distribution scheme, alleging it is resulting in price distortion and discouraging retailers from selling the lamps.
However, state-run Energy Efficient Service Ltd (EESL), nodal agency for the distribution programme, rubbished the allegation, with its managing director Saurabh Kumar saying data shows that the scheme is helping the industry grow at a rapid scale.
EESL’s Unnat Jyoti by Affordable Lamps for All (Ujala) scheme played an important role in driving conversion from older technology bulbs (CFL or incandescent lamps) to LED. Large procurement volumes provided the critical mass the industry needed to ramp up local manufacturing of LED lamps and reduce costs, said Harshavardhan Chitale, vice-chairman, Philips Lighting India. “This way the government played a very supportive role in building demand and we in the lighting industry are very appreciative,” Chitale said. Read More…
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