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UP govt to give cheaper LED bulbs to those who pay their power bills on time

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The Uttar Pradesh government has come up with an innovative idea to conserve energy in its capital city, Lucknow. The state has directed the power companies to distribute LED bulbs to the consumers, who have no dues towards electricity bill, at a cheaper rate. A consumer with a meter load of up to 2KW will get five LED bulbs, while those who have a higher meter load will receive around ten bulbs. This measure has been taken under the Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP) that will provide the consumers with LED bulb worth Rs. 400 at a much cheaper rate of Rs. 135.

This measure would not only influence the consumers to pay their electricity bills on time, but it would also lead to energy conservation. The LED bulbs consume 85% less energy as compared to ordinary bulbs that waste 90% of the energy as heat. Also, LED bulbs are environment- friendly as they do not contain mercury.

When it comes to replacing or buying bulbs, cost is one of the biggest factor which affects people’s decision. Therefore, many people prefer to buy CFLs or incandescent bulbs as they are available at cheaper rates than LEDs. However, what people don’t realize is that the actual cost includes more than the upfront price of the product; how much the product will cost in an overall usage over the years is also an important factor in deciding its actual cost.

It is expected that the step taken by UP government will encourage more people to switch to LED bulbs, which would ultimately lead to conservation of energy. The Lucknow Electricity Supply Administration (LESA) is preparing a database of consumers for the distribution of bulbs and is planning to start the process in a month.

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Yogi Adityanath Government in Uttar Pradesh Offering Cows for Adoption

The state government will pay a sum of Rs 30 per day to the person who adopts a cow for maintenance

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This is being done to check the growing problem of stray cows. Pixabay

The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh is now offering cows for adoption. This is being done to check the growing problem of stray cows.

The state government will pay a sum of Rs 30 per day to the person who adopts a cow for maintenance. People living in semi-urban and rural areas can adopt up to four stray cows, bulls and calves.

The scheme called the ‘Nirashrit/Besahara Govansh Sahbhagita Yojana’ was introduced on August 8 for management of stray cattle, but the execution order was issued on September 9.

The response has been overwhelming with the Lucknow administration having received 1,500 applications by Wednesday evening.

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The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh is now offering cows for adoption. Pixabay

Chief veterinary officer Tej Singh Yadav said, “We have received 1,500 adoption applications, mostly from farmers and landless daily wage earners. The scheme will add to their income and will help control stray cattle, responsible for damaging crops in villages and causing accidents in city.”

Of the 24,940 animals caught so far in Lucknow district, 9,079 have been ear-tagged and are available for adoption.

Over 4,400 are available with Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC), followed by 895 in Mohanlalganj, 833 in Maal and 789 in Malihabad blocks in the state.

According to LMC director (animal welfare) Arvind Rao, “The process of verification is underway and we will hand over the animals to deserving applicants in 15 days.”

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The state veterinary department will also conduct regular inspection of foster homes. “If an animal is sick, the owner will have to inform the department, which will arrange for free treatment. However, in case of death, a postmortem will be done to ascertain the cause and action will be taken if there is a foul play,” he explained.

Officials denied that Rs 30 per day was insufficient to feed a cow and said that non-crop fields on the outskirts of the city would allow foster homes to easily feed the adopted animal. The money can be saved. It will be an additional source of income for the poor families, they said.

The animals are being ear-tagged for easy identification if abandoned after adoption. “(IANS)