Solar lamps for meritorious BPL students in Delhi
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 10, 2010, 18:51
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 (MGICCC), said.

"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.


First Published: Thursday, June 10, 2010, 18:51

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