Tuesday 6 January 2015

Lightbulb moment for Indian PM

Lightbulb moment for Indian PM

It was a lightbulb moment for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday as he launched a scheme to spread LED bulbs throughout homes in Delhi.

He also opened a national scheme to get the low energy bulbs in homes and streetlamps across the country.

According to the Prime Minister’s website, Modi called for a people’s movement to back the bulbs which can use a tenth less energy than incandescent ones.

As of yesterday, households could pre-register online to get the bulbs in Delhi for a payment of 10 rupees, paying another 10 rupees a month for 12 months via their electricity bill.

They will pay 130 rupees in total which the Indian government says is cheaper than the market price of around 350-600 rupees for LED bulbs because of bulk buying.

The Indian government estimated homes in Delhi could save 162 rupees a year per LED bulb.

The site also reported the Prime Minister’s suggestion that traditional New Year gifts such as diaries and calendars should be replaced by gifts of LED bulbs.

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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