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Rs 30,000 each to beneficiary to install solar power panels

According to reports, in order to provide solar power-run equipment to the beneficiaries of Ram Manohar Lohia Gramin Awas Yojna, the state authorities have decided to provide Rs 30,000 each to beneficiary to install solar power panels. Over 1.14 lakh beneficiaries would be benefited by the scheme.

The rural development department had consulted the agency concerned 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.

Officials pointed out that the first and second phase of the scheme will be implemented simultaneously and completed in March next year. For the phase of 2012-13, the government had already released adequate funds to construct around 68,000 Lohia houses. It has also made a provision of over 500 crores to construct around 45,200 houses for the second phase of 2013-14.

It is yet to be decided whether UPNEDA will provide domestic solar equipment directly or cash would be given to beneficiaries to purchase solar fans. Under Lohia Grameen Awas Yojana, the state government has allotted funds for the scheme to provide shelter to homeless rural populace. UP Non-Conventional Energy Development Agency (NEDA) has been roped in for the purpose.

The agency would set up a centre to solve the grievances of the people in maintaining and operating domestic solar lights with a 5-year warranty.

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