Current Affairs – August 2016

Gujarat becomes first state to distribute 2 crore LED bulbs under UJALA scheme

Gujarat has become the first state in the country to distribute two crore LED bulbs under the Centre’s UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All) scheme.

The state has reached the milestone in just 96 days and over 42 lakh households have already benefited from the scheme.

Key Facts

  • State-run Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under the administration of the Union Power Ministry had distributed about 2 lakh bulbs daily in Gujarat.
  • The distribution of 2 crore LED bulbs has led to an annual energy savings of 259 crore kwh, (Kilowatt Hour). It is equivalent to lighting up 5 lakh Indian homes for an entire year.
  • Besides energy savings, the state has also gained from daily CO2 emission reduction of 5,000 tonnes.

About UJALA scheme

  • The UJALA scheme was launched on 1 May 2015 replacing the “Bachat Lamp Yojana”. It was launched as LED based “Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP).
  • It was launched as part of Union Government’s efforts to spread the message of energy efficiency in the country.
  • The scheme’s objective is to reduce electricity bills of consumers, contribute to the energy security of India and also help in environment protection.
  • Under it, Government has set ambitious target to replace 77 crore incandescent bulbs across the country with LEDs by 2019.
  • LED bulbs have a very long life, almost 50 times more than ordinary bulbs, and 8 to 10 times that of CFLs, and therefore provide both energy and cost savings in the medium term.

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PV Sindhu to be appointed as brand ambassador of CRPF

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has decided to appoint Olympic silver medallist P. V. Sindhu as its honorary commandant and brand ambassador.

It was announced by CRPF’s Director General K.Durga Prasad after she had agreed to become the India’s largest paramilitary force’s brand ambassador. In this regard, CRPF also has moved the proposal before the Home Ministry.

She will be given honorary Commandant rank in the CRPF which is equivalent to the position of a Superintendent of Police (SP) and such an officer who commands a battalion of about 1,000 personnel.

About Central Reserve Police Force (CRFP)

  • CRPF is the largest central armed police force or paramilitary force in India. It functions under the aegis of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
  • Its primary role is to assist States/Union Territories in police operations to maintain law and order and contain insurgency.
  • It was established in 1939, under Crown Representative’s Police but after independence it was made statutory CRPF after enactment of the CRPF Act, 1949.
  • At present, CRPF is the world’s largest paramilitary force with 228 battalions and over three lakh personnel.

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