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Web Exclusive | July 2013

Lohia scheme houses in UP to get solar-power fans

The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to distribute solar powered fans to the beneficiaries of Ram Manohar Lohia Gramin Awas Yojna for the rural poor. Each beneficiary of the scheme would be provided Rs 15,000 to to install solar power panels. The government is to distribute solar powered fans to them. A total of 1,13,301 beneficiaries would be benefited by the scheme by March 31, 2014.

Following a directive of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, the Rural Development Department has asked Non-conventional Energy Development Agency (NEDA) to select the model of fans, either ceiling or table, that would be suitable to run on solar power, simultaneously with light bulbs or CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) in the villages.

As the scheme was launched in March this year, almost a year after the initial announcement, the first and second phase of the scheme will be implemented simultaneously and completed in March, 2014. For the phase of 2012-13, the government has released Rs 783 crore to construct 68,085 Lohia houses. It has made a provision of Rs 520 crore to construct 45,216 houses for the second phase of 2013-14.

An official of the Rural Development Department said the Chief Minister has the view that fans should be provided to rural people when they have solar power facility. Rural Development Commissioner Khatravath Ravindra Naika said that it is yet to be decided whether NEDA will provide fans directly or cash would be given to beneficiaries to purchase the fans. Naika said that technical analysis of solar panels and batteries will be done before selecting the models of fans.

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