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AJAY stands for ‘Atal Jyoti Yojana’. It is a sub scheme under off –grid and decentralized solar application scheme of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Govt. of India.
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), GOI: Nodal Ministry
The objective of this scheme is to provide ‘Solar Street Lighting Systems’ for public use, for demonstration and replication, which will help in popularizing solar energy in a big way. The Scheme will cover rural, semi urban and urban areas.
It is proposed to involve Hon’ble Members of Parliament (MP) from the Lok Sabha in the first phase of the scheme. Their understanding of the needs and aspirations of the local people and their guidance in implementation will be very useful. They will also be requested to part fund the scheme through their Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS).
ATAL LED bulbs can be purchased at a price between INR 75- The salient features of the scheme are:
  • Lighting up the roads, streets and intersections in remote areas/ villages that do not have adequate Street Lights.
  • Lighting at Bus Stops/Market Places/Public Conveniences, etc.
  • Lighting up the road and streets in rural, semi urban and urban areas to reduce their expenses on energy consumption.
  • Improvement in the quality of life of the people.
  • Training programmes for maintenance and protection for wide dissemination and to popularize solar technology.
  • Install Solar Energy based Systems for demonstration and replication.
  • Improve safety & security in rural, semi urban and urban areas through better lighting in public areas.
It is proposed to install Solar Street Lighting Systems in rural, semi urban and urban areas in the states where household electrification is less than 50% as per 2011 Census. Five states namely Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh fall in this category.
Initially Five states have been targeted to implement ‘AJAY’, which are:
  • Assam
  • Bihar
  • Jharkhand
  • Odisha
  • Uttar Pradesh.
Implementing Agency: - Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, has appointed Energy Efficiency Services Limited (A Joint Venture Company of PSUs of Ministry of Power, Govt. of India) as implementing agency for the scheme in above States.
75% of the cost of Solar Street Lighting System through MNRE budget, and the remaining 25% should be provided from MPLADS Funds, Panchayat Funds or Municipalities and other Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) Funds.
The Cost of the scheme would be as follows:
Source of financing Percentage contribution Total Project cost (Rs. in Cr.)
MNRE 75 % 362.25
MPLADS or Panchayat/ Municipality/ ULBs Funds 25 % 120.75
Project cost   483.00
The project shall be implemented by 31 st March 2018.
MNRE Specifications for Solar Street Lighting Systems will be applicable in this scheme.
a). 5 years of Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC) would be provided by the Implementing Agency, who have to ensure the overall maintenance of the Solar Street Lighting Systems by the suppliers for 5 years.
b).Bank Guarantee (BG) of 5% of the award amount with a validity of 1 year, to be rolled over every year for the first five years, will be given by the suppliers of the system.
c). In case service is not provided by the supplier or the system is not working properly or supplier fails to repair or replace the faulty systems within the time specified in the tender, the BG may be encashed to ‘’ATAL JYOTI YOJANA” repair or replace the systems as may be required. In case the supplier fails to repair or replace the faulty systems within the time specified in the tender, MNRE will have the right to black list the supplier for future projects/works.
  • Web enabled software as well as “mobile app” for monitoring installations and subsequent performance.
  • Implementing Agency will be responsible for complete monitoring of the Solar Street Lighting Systems installed.
  • The above mechanisms should encompass tracking of performance and benefits of the programme.
Service Centres will be developed, preferably with local youth as start-up entrepreneurs. They will be trained to install, operate and maintain these systems.
Immediate repair or replacement of faulty systems within seven days of intimation on the web portal.
Handing over of Assets:
Solar Street Lighting Systems will be handed over to the Panchayat/ Municipality/ ULBs / State Government / Government Organisations as the case may be and State Nodal Agencies (SNAs) will be informed of the same. Panchayat/ Municipality/ ULBs/State Government/Government Organisations will give an undertaking for maintenance of the systems. Effort will be made to find a custodian for each Solar Street Lighing Systems.
MNRE is the competent to make any amendments to the Scheme for better implementation on receiving a report from the Implementation Committee and with the approval of the Minister-In-Charge or Secretary.