Power Minister Distributes Solar Study Lamps to Students

RK Singh has inaugurated the Assembly & Distribution Centre for Solar Study Lamps at Mahuli village in Arrah.

On the occasion of 127th birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, the Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh has distributed solar study lamps to students in Bihar.

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Emphasizing the importance of renewable energy for rural areas Singh said that, “Off-grid solutions will empower the local women and provide a reliable source of electricity for school going children so they can study and progress well. Thus, it will help in integrating the deprived sections of society with the mainstream.”

Of the several initiatives launched, the Power Minister has inaugurated the Assembly & Distribution Centre for Solar Study Lamps at Mahuli village in Arrah.

In this centre, local women Self Help Group (SHG) will assemble solar study lamps and distribute them to underprivileged students who do not have access to electricity.

Thus, the Centre will not only provide kerosene-free affordable illumination to students, but also empower rural women with the skills to assemble, distribute and repair solar lamps.

This initiative is part of the Government of India’s scheme of providing 70 lakh solar study lamps in 5 states where rural household electrification levels are low.

In Bihar, the target is to provide more than 18.84 lakh underprivileged students with solar study lamps. Around 4.57 lakh such lamps have already been distributed to students of the state.

At this occasion, he expressed the Government of India’s commitment to provide 24×7 power supply to all.

Also, the Minister has said that every household in the country will get electricity connection by December, 2018 under ‘Saubhagya’ scheme.

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Manu Tayal

Manu is an Associate Editor at Saur Energy International where she writes and edits clean & green energy news, featured articles and interview industry veterans with a special focus on solar, wind and financial segments.