Govt Moots Free Solar Lamps for Students

Minister for energy G Jagadish Reddy told the Assembly on Tuesday that efforts were being made to ensure there were no power cuts during examination time for the benefit of students.

Replying to a question raised by G Balaraju and others on the hardships being faced by students appearing for public examinations due to power cuts and frequent disruption in power supply, the minister said steps were being taken to ensure that there would not be any cuts and interruptions in the power supply, mainly between 6 pm and 10 pm, so that students could prepare for examinations.

He said the government would provide solar lamps free of cost to SSC students as an alternative measure. IIT-Mumbai agreed to supply solar lamps. The central subsidy on each solar lamp is Rs 180 and Rs 120 is to be borne by the student. To spare the students of this burden, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao decided that the state government would bear the student’s burden of Rs 120 on each solar lamp, Reddy said.

Thus, students would be provided with solar lamps free of cost. Discussions were going on with the IIT-Mumbai for supply of four lakh solar lamps, he said.

Source: The New Indian Express

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