UJALA scheme

State run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has distributed over 30 crore light emitting diode (LED) bulbs across country under zero-subsidy Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA) scheme.

The UJALA scheme was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 5, 2015 with a target of replacing 77 crore inefficient bulbs with energy efficient LED bulbs. Currently, over 22 crore LED bulbs, 16 lakh LED tube lights and 6 lakh energy efficient fans have already been distributed across 25 states and 7 Union Territories.This has led to daily energy savings of more than 8 crore KWh, resulting in avoidance of over 5,956 MW of peak demand. The estimated cumulative cost reduction in bills of consumers per day is Rs 32.45 crore and the scheme has also resulted in daily Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emission reduction of 65,800 tonnes.

Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA)





Key people

Raj Kumar Singh


1 May 2015; 6 years ago






The initiative is part of Ministry of Power, Government of India’s efforts to promote efficient use of energy at the residential level; enhance the awareness of customers about the efficacy of using energy efficient appliances. It may be noted that the scheme was initially labelled DELP (Domestic Efficient Lighting Program) and was relaunched as UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LED’s for All) programme. Under this scheme the customer is eligible to purchase any number of

  • 9W LED bulbs at affordable cost of Rs. 70/- inclusive of 6% CGST and 6% of SGST;
  • 20W Energy Efficient LED Tube light at affordable cost of Rs. 220/- inclusive of 6%
  • CGST and 6% of SGST;  BEE 5 star rates Ceiling Fans at affordable cost of Rs. 1110/- inclusive of 9% CGST and 9% of SGST.


Objectives of UJALA Scheme

  • The UJALA scheme also known as the LED-based Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP) aims to promote the efficient usage of energy for all i.e., its consumption, savings and lighting. This scheme is considered the world’s largest program.
  • Aims to promote efficient use of energy at the residential level.
  • Enhance the awareness of consumers about the efficacy of using energy-efficient appliances and aggregating demand to reduce the high initial costs, thus facilitating higher uptake of LED lights by residential users.
  • According to the UJALA scheme, LED bulbs would be distributed by the Electricity Distribution Company at subsidized rates to every grid-connected customer with a metered connection.


Eligibility and Documentation

Every domestic household is eligible to obtain the benefits of the UJALA Scheme as long as they have a metered connection from their respective Electricity Distribution Company. Special counters/kiosks will be set up in the city at certain designated areas to facilitate the distribution of the LEDs under this scheme. The location details of these special counters/kiosks can be obtained from the website www.ujala.gov.in for the convenience of the customers.

The following documents are to be submitted in order to obtain the benefits under the UJALA Scheme:-

Copy of the latest electricity bill.

Copy of proof of identity.

Copy of proof of residence.