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Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar handing over LED bulbs to a resident during a function held at Shree Maharudra Devasthan Hall at New Vaddem. Also seen are Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida, MMC chairperson Deepak Naik and others on Sunday

State to have LED streetlights within a year: Parsekar


VASCO: Chief Minister, Laxmikant Parsekar, on Sunday, said that Goa is the first state in the country which has distributed LED bulbs to the people free of cost.  Parsekar was speaking at the function held at Shree Maharudra Devasthan Hall, New Vaddem in Vasco to distribute LED bulbs to the people.

Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida, Mormugao Municipal Council chairperson Deepak Naik, councillors Yatin Kamurlekar, Vandana Satardekar, Shree Maharudra Devasthan Committee president Rajesh Shirodkar and others were present.

Parsekar also said that Goa is also the first state in India which has launched Din Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana, Griha Aadhar, Laadli Laxmi, Dayanand Samajik Suraksha Yojana  besides a scheme for the mining affected people.

“The state government would bear the expenses of Rs 1.15 crore towards the free distribution of LED bulbs to around 5 lakh consumers,” he said.

The state government spends nearly Rs 5.05 per unit to purchase the electricity from the neighboring states and thereafter supplies the electricity to the consumers at a low cost, he said.

“The installation of LED bulbs would save electricity, thereby making profit to the consumers and even the state government,” he added.

The Chief Minister announced that within a year, the state government would replace the sodium vapor, CFL streetlight fixtures with LED fixtures, thereby saving the electricity.

He said that the state government has passed an ordinance to regularise the unauthorised houses in the communidade land, and the bill will be passed in the forthcoming assembly session which is scheduled from July 25.

Meanwhile, the volunteers of Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBMS) held a demonstration near Shree Maharudra Devasthan at New Vaddem and waved black flags at the Chief Minister Parsekar as a part of protest for the  failure on part of the state government to stop grants to English medium schools.

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