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Congress accuses large scale corruption in procuring LED bulbs from China
The Congress party probably for the first time came out against Narendra Modi regime, accusing large scale corruption in procuring and distribution of LED bulbs in the country, in the name of saving energy.

It also pointed out that the government using "dubious and highly questionable practices" for procurement and distribution of the 'Ujala' LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs. Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's claims that his government has distributed more than 21 crore LED bulbs Congress spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil alleged that he didn't tell the people of India, that in this process itself, his government is making a joke of their much publicised claims of 'Make in India'.

As cost of one such LED street light is Rs 2,000 approximately, the Congress party pointed out that if we take into account the irregularities and fraud in tendering process, this turns out to be a scam of at least Rs 20,000 crore.

According to him crores of these LED bulbs, LED street lights, LED pumps and LED fans are in fact made in China or Taiwan. He deplored that there is no transparency in the tendering and procurement process in of these LED bulbs, street lights, pumps and fans etc.

While the Vigilance Commission mandates that such a procurement should be publicised for RFQ on the basis of merit, and should be put on a government website, he said that the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) puts it on their own private platforms for a short period and then "hideously" manipulating the entire process of tendering.

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