THE Punjab government on Wednesday approved the Chief Minister’s Ujaala Programme (CMUP) at an estimated cost of Rs 4.44 billion to give solar panel system to the students of 10th class who scored 50 per cent and above marks in 9th class examinations.
Solar panels would be distributed among the 300,000 successful applicants by December 31 2012.
The energy sector youth initiative programme is continuation of the Punjab government’s youth policies, as earlier, the provincial government had distributed laptops among the graduates and provided an opportunity of international visits to the toppers of matriculation examinations of the province.
The approval to the Chief Minister’s Ujaala Programme scheme was given in the 14th meeting of Provincial Development Working Party presided over by Punjab Planning and Development Board Chairman Javaid Aslam.
Under the Chief Minister’s Ujaala Programme scheme, Solar panels each having capacity to operate one light and fan will be given to around 300,000 successful students of 10th class who scored 50 per cent and above marks in the 9th class board of intermediate and secondary education examinations.
The Punjab Energy Department in liaison with Punjab Scholl Education Department will look after the scheme and distribute these solar panels among the students.
Following the pattern of the Chief Minister’s Laptop Scheme, the candidates would apply for this scheme as well and these panels would be distributed among them on the same pattern.
The solar panels would have one-year warranty.
According to an estimate, around 301 million students are registered for class 9th and 10th in around 4,500 schools of Punjab out of them almost 325,000 students have scored 50 per cent and above marks in the 9th class examinations this year. Three other development schemes of various sectors of the economy at cost of Rs 2.936 billion were also approved in the 14th PDWP meeting.
These schemes are: Preservation and Restoration of Shahdara Complex of Monuments (Revised) at a cost of Rs 461.837million, Punjab Youth Internship Programme (Revised) at a cost of Rs 1507.234 million and Comprehensive TB Control Programme in Punjab (2012-2015) at a cost of Rs 967.776 million.