In 95 out of 146 development blocks of state, free solar lamps have been distributed to nearly seven lakh beneficiaries last month. Under Chief Minister Solar Study Lamp Scheme, two lakh 48 thousand students have been provided solar lamps and under Chief Minister Mobile Solar Lamp Scheme, solar task lamps have been distributed to four lakh 42 thousand 241 families.
The Chief Minister on Friday made a declaration to send 10000 solar lamps and transformers and other necessary electrical gadgets to the flood affected families of J&K. It is notable that Dr. Raman Singh has already made a declaration to extend relief aid worth Rs. 10 crore to flood victims of J&K on behalf of Chhattisgarh government and this includes Rs 5 crores in cash and ricegrains worth Rs 5 crores.
Chhattisgarh will soon become the first State in the country which is going to discourage usage of kerosene for lighting homes (lanterns) by substituting the same through solar lamps and solar lanterns. The first significant step in this regard was taken by the state government on Wednesday. Taking initiative in this direction, the state government has decided to distribute free solar lamps to 13 lakh families residing in 95 tribal dominated development blocks and free solar study lamps to 16.50 lakh school students.