Chandigarh, May 4 (UNI) The Haryana government has earmarked a sum of Rs 2.6 crore for providing solar lanterns to as many as 7,990 beneficiaries in the state during the current financial year, Deputy Chief Minister Chander Mohan said here today.
Of the total amount, Rs 1.18 crore would be given as subsidy by the government.
Mr Chander Mohan said the total cost of a solar lantern was about Rs 3300 and the government was providing a subsidy of Rs 1500 in each lantern. Thus, a beneficiary would had to pay only Rs 1800 as the cost of the lantern after getting subsidy.
He said while providing solar lanterns to the people, preference would be given to women.
Both individual beneficiaries and non-profit institutions would be eligible for getting subsidy on solar lantern. No individual would be given more than one lantern.
Stating that the solar lanterns were becoming very popular in the state, Mr Chander Mohan said solar energy could be used to meet the growing demand of power.
He stressed the need for developing the appropriate technologies for harnessing the available renewable resources of energy like solar, wind, biogas and micro hydel to meet the challenges ahead.
He said Haryana was implementing a number of schemes for proper utilisation of these forms of energy.
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