Government of India, through its flagship initiative Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP), has achieved a further 10 per cent reduction in prices of 9W LED bulbs in another round of LED procurement for Madhya Pradesh. The procurement price has come down to Rs. 64.41 (exclusive of taxes) from existing Rs. 73, while the efficiency of 9W bulbs has increased by 20 per cent.
Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a Public Energy Services Company under the administration of Ministry of Power, Government of India (GoI), has through a combination of aggregation and transparent procurement achieved a rapid decline in LED prices making it affordable to the common man. In the recent round of procurement of 9W LED bulbs for the state of Madhya Pradesh the price has come down to Rs. 64.41 which is exclusive of taxes. This is a 10 per cent reduction from the June, 2015 price of Rs. 73 and about 80 per cent reduction from February, 2014 price of Rs. 310.
The Government has ensured transparency and encouraged competition by using e-procurement of goods and services. This has resulted in significant reduction in transaction cost and time and enhanced process efficiency. This, in turn, has led to a much larger participation of bidders thereby increasing competition and reducing the cost of LED bulbs.
The Government has also emphasized on the need to deliver quality and has ensured that the quality of LED bulbs is not compromised. As a result EESL has been able to consistently procure a better quality and an efficient product.