MNRE shelves Atal Jyoti Yojana Scheme Phase-II
Due to COVID-19, the government has decided not to operate MPLADS for two years
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has announced the closure of the Atal Jyoti Yojana (AJAY) Phase-II due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Due to COVID-19, the government has decided not to operate Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) for two years -- 2020-21 and 2021-22.
Accordingly, the ministry has decided to close Phase-II of AJAY Scheme from 1 April 2020. Phase-II of AJAY solar scheme had a capital outlay of around Rs 800 crore and about 75% of that was supposed to get funded out of the MNRE budget allocation.
A total 39,568 ground installations of solar street lights were done under Phase-II scheme, according to MNRE data published on 29 February, 2020. The number of total solar LED street lights installed as on 27 April 2020 stood at 1,35,677.
Under Phase-II of AJAY Scheme, solar street lights with LED capacity of 12 watt were being installed in parliamentary constituencies covered under the Scheme with 75% of the cost provided through MNRE budget and the remaining 25% cost from MPLADS.
AJAY Phase-II was launched by the ministry on 18 April 2018, which was initially valid for a period of one year. MNRE had later extended the implementation of the scheme till 31 March 2021. Energy Efficiency Services (EESL) was the implementing agency for the scheme.