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“Million SoUL Program”

“Million SoUL Program”

The “Million SoUL Program” has been developed by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in partnership with Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB). Under this program rural students will be provided with high quality, affordable clean light in the form of solar study lamp in the state of Assam. The program also focuses on ‘Localization of Solar Energy’, wherein the local people will be engaged in assembling, distribution repair and maintenance of the solar study lamp.

 

Assam State Rural Livelihoods Mission and “Million SoUL Program”

In Assam, a total of 5.35 lakh solar study lamps will be assembled and distributed by SHG members in selected 18 blocks. The selection of Block for the solar “Million SoUL Program” is as follows:

• Blocks with more than 50% kerosene dependent households as their main source of lighting as per census, 2011.

• The blocks in which a sizeable percentage of households dependent on kerosene as their main source of lightinging.

• Blocks with significant percentage of scheduled tribe and scheduled caste population.

 

Assam State Rural Livelihoods Mission (ASRLM) has constituted 18 Assembling and Distribution Centres (ADC) in 18 blocks namely Mayong, Dalgaon Sialmari, Dhakuwakhana, Pub Chaiduar, Dhekiajuli, Ujani Majuli, Sadia, Kakopathar, South Salmara, Barketri, Dangtol, Lumbajong, Ronkhang, Langsomepi, Dimoria, South Karimganj, Lala and Pather kandi. The selected SHG Members will be trained to assemble high quality solar study lamps. They will also be responsible to campaign and distribute the Solar Lamps to target beneficiaries. The involvement of SHG members in this program will not only give them a source of alternate livelihood practice but at the same time empower them as the medium of bringing light to many rural households. The scheme also envisages the lesser usage of hazardous fuel like kerosene lamps.

 

Benefits to SHG members

a) The SHG members get an experience in handling operations and finances of a large-scale project.

b) The SHG members get an enriching experience of managing all the operations pertaining to the assembling and distribution & after sales services of solar study lamps.

c) Members of SHG members are given technical and managerial training, which builds their capacity & confidence.

d) The SHG members take part in assembling, distribution & after sales services of the lamp; hence alternate source of livelihood is generated.

e) The children of SHG members enrolled in rural schools get an access to high quality and reliable solar powered light at a subsidized cost of Rs.100 per lamp.

f) Easy accessibility to free repair and maintenance service for a year (in the vicinity of the beneficiaries’ residence).

g) Further, these SHG members will be given an opportunity to explore the option for entrepreneurship like setting up own solar shops hence fostering entrepreneurship skills.

The SoUL lamps are sold at a subsidized rate of Rs. 100 to all School Students.

 

Benefits of ASRLM

The ASRLM will be responsible for the overall coordination & management of the “Million SoUL Program” that CLFs will be engaged in. The core features in which ASRLM will be engaged are as follows:

a) Capacity building of the ASRLM Mission Staff and hands-on experience of SHG members in managing a large-scale and time bound project

b) ASRLM may promote a solar lamp manufacturing plants to take the program to a higher level.

c) It will improve the quality of education which helps ASRLM to achieve its core objective of poverty alleviation.

 

Flow of Activities and responsibility

SN

Activities

Responsibility

1

Block Identification

ASRLM

2

VO and CLF Identification and ADC constitution

ASRLM

3

Orientation cum sensitization workshop at state level

IIT-B

4

Orientation of VOs and CLFs

ASRLM

5

Screening and identification of trainee

ASRLM

6

Training

IIT-B & ASRLM

7

Mentoring & handhold CLF towards implementation of the program

SRLM/ ASRLM

8

Assembly, Sale and post-sale service

ASRLM

9

Timely submission of report/data/funds

ASRLM

10

Coordination with ZEA for timely completion of BEA level activities

ASRLM

11

Overall Monitoring of the execution at BEA level

ASRLM/ IIT-B

 

The following is the list of districts and block with total number of solar lamps to be assembled and distributed under the “Million SoUL Program”.

 

District

Block

Nos of Solar
Lamps

Morigaon

Mayong

40071

Darrang

Dalgaon Sialmari

61390

Kamrup-Metro

Dimoria

24329

Lakhimpur

Dhakuakhana

16916

Sonitpur

Dhekiajuli

 

Biswanath

Pub Chaiduar

24053

Tinsukia

Sadiya

13768

Tinsukia

Kakopathar

39002

Majuli

Ujani Majuli

26086

West Karbi
Anglong

Rongkhang

18023

Karbi Anglong

Langsomepi

7407

Karbi Anglong

Lumbajong

10906

Karimganj

South Karimganj

34672

Karimganj

Patharkandi

46165

Hailakandi

Lala

29036

South Salmara Mancachar

South Salmara

48517

Bongaigaon

Dangtol

13675