New Delhi: In a novel bid to reduce carbon
footprint, Delhi Government is mulling distributing solar
lamps to meritorious students from the economically weaker
sections of the society in the capital.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has already given
in-principle approval to a proposal to provide the solar lamps
to the students from class X and above who have scored above
75 per cent and hail from Below Poverty Line (BPL) families.
"We have asked the Education Department to prepare the
list from its all schools," S K Saxena, director of the
Mahatama Gandhi Institute for Combating Climate Change
"Once the students are identified we would select the
vendors and finalise the cost of the solar lamps."
The environment-friendly equipment will not only help in
cutting down carbon footprint by reducing dependence on fossil
fuel and help combat climate change but also reduce the power
bill of the families hailing from the EWS category.
"We are working out the cost as well. Usually, the cost
of this renewable sourced lamp is Rs 2,000 each and are sold
in various varieties. The budget will be borne by the
education department," Saxena added.