Issue Date: Feb 15, 2012
The scheme sounded promising when it was launched. Replace all 400 million incandescent bulbs across the country with energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). This will save 10,000 MW per hour, sufficient to light 100,000 houses with four CFLs each. But three years on, the Bachat Lamp Yojana of the Centre has failed to take off in most states, let alone deliver.