2017: Year of Energy Efficiency for AP
- AP is all set to usher in a new era in promotion of energy efficiency in 2017.
- Chief Minister writes an open letter to the people
- Wishes A Happy, Healthy, Prosperous, Peaceful, Successful and most Energy Efficient New Year
- AP to launch another unique EE program Multi Appliances
- Energy efficient bulbs, tube lights, ceiling fans to be sold at nominal prices through kiosks/counters
- New EE pumps with 25% more water delivery expected to bring in cheers to farmers
- A whopping 80 lakh women from SHGs to be involved in energy efficiency movement
Vijayawada: AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday declared that the government would treat the New Year 2017 as Energy Efficiency Year. In an open letter to the people, which was released here by energy principal secretary Ajay Jain, the Chief Minister said that the government would continue to implement several measures in energy saving and efficiency in the New Year. He said that the State had won several national and international awards in energy saving and efficiency in the last two years. The initiatives have helped us to be energy surplus State, he added.
The State has achieved national and international acclaims from top-notch global-level agencies such as International Energy Agency (IEA), Paris Environmental Summit, World Bank (WB) and Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Chief Minister said. “We have achieved new heights in energy conservation and efficiency activities in the country and stood top but maintaining the same position and continuing to involve other potential areas for sustaining this momentum is also equally important and need of the hour in the present context,” he asserted.
AP State has been leading by example in the country in implementation of the energy efficient and energy conservation measures in various sectors such as domestic, agriculture and municipal etc. “We have distributed around 1.92 crore LED bulbs to the households in the State, installed 5.50 lakh LED street lights as against 5.6 lakh ordinary street lights in all the Municipalities and Municipal Corporations in the State and distributed around 1,50,000 five star rated ceiling fans in two divisions so far,” Chandrababu sought to remind the people.
Non-vegetarian food for ST students
The Andhra Pradesh Government has decided to give non-vegetarian food for students in Scheduled Tribes Residential Schools from the New Year.
The government has already been providing NV food for students of Scheduled Castes Residential Schools and Welfare Hostels. The same would be extended to the students in the ST residential schools from this year. The hostels would supply chicken to the students twice a month, said Minister for Social and Tribal Welfare Ravela Kishore Babu.
The new scheme would benefit over 40,000 students in various residential schools across the 13 districts of the State, the minister said, adding the government had decided to offer NV food for the students although the State was facing financial crisis after bifurcation.
The government had initiated several welfare measures, including health and education, for the SCs, STs, BCs, OBCs and Minorities, the minister said. These measures would continue with the government introducing innovative schemes in the years to come.