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India may become first nation using LED for all lights

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Power Minister Piyush Goyal said India will probably be the first country in the world to use LEDs for all lighting needs by 2019.

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State-run Energy Efficiency Services inked pacts with oil marketing companies IndianOil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum for selling its LED bulbs, tubelights and fans at over 54,500 petrol pumps.

"This effort will help us... India will probably be the first country in the world which will be 100 per cent using LED for its lighting needs by 2019. It will be message that India acts rather than making big promises," the minister said at a function to ink the MoUs.

The minister later clarified that all those consumer buying these products would not get EMI facility. The facility is being launched at petrol pumps in Delhi initially.

In the first phase, distribution of energy efficient equipment will commence from the states of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. The retailing of these products would eventually be done at all petrol pumps across the country.

On this occasion, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that petrol pumps would soon have common service centres (CSC) of the IT ministry.

The CSC provides basic online services at one point including Aadhaar enrolment/updation and payment of power and telephone bills.

Pradhan said that since ATM, retail facilities are already available at petrol pumps, the CSCs would make the place one stop solution for day to day requirement of the commoners.

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