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The company to provide solar lanterns to NGOs that include World Health Partners, Sahaj and Plan International India

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Panasonic Corporation has extended its 100,000 solar lanterns program to India. The project envisages delivery of solar LED lights to the developing nations in Africa and Asia regions.

The company plans to allocate 5,000 solar lanterns to off-grid areas in India during the current fiscal.

The company, as a part of initiative, is giving solar lanterns to NGOs that include World Health Partners, Sahaj and Plan International India. These lanterns include USB to charge mobile devices and have 16-hours batters life.

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) joint secretary Tarun Kapoor said that 33 per cent of households in India burn kerosene. "Energy access is a major challenge and solar is a source that can be utilized to facilitate power in rural India," he said.

The need, Kapoor said, is to develop low-cost lanterns in India. The government has floated a tender recently to procure 600,000 solar lanterns. "With Lithium-ion battery in addition to subsidy, prices could come down to Rs 800 per unit," he added.

Panasonic CSR and Corporate Citizenship Group GM Michiko Ogawa said that they aim to be on top in green innovation company in the electronics industry. In order to mark 100th anniversary in 2018, company endeavor to offer environment-friendly products and is investing in society.

"We utilize our technologies and leverage it in energy conservation in developing countries," Ogawa said. These, she said include Life Innovation Container and Solar LED lantern. The program will run through 2018, with a contribution of 10,000 lanterns during this year.

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P.R.Ashok Raja Sun Jul 14 at 05:34 PM

ACTIF Trust – Concept Note for Solar Lanterns. Brief History and Origin of the ACTIF Trust: The Action for Community Transformation India Trust has been registered under the Indian Trust Act, Foreign Contributions Regulation Act and under Sec.12A of the Income Tax Act. Founded in 1995, and since then, the Organization has been active in voicing for the rights and privileges of Paliyan tribe communities in Kodaikanal hills of Tamil Nadu through varied programs and projects. Our partners include HEKS-Switzerland, Holding Hands International-UK, ATREE-CEPF, Bangalore with other Government departments and Boards. We currently work with more than 1546 families of Paliyan tribe families with population of about 7000. Socio-Cultural and Vulnerabilities of Paliyan Tribes: Paliyan tribal people are the native people of Kodaikanal hill in Tamil Nadu. They are the primary forest dwellers. Even today, Paliyan families live with abject poverty and with poor indicators of development. Most of the houses of Paliyan tribe families are made up of case like small houses and their living standards are very poor and vulnerable. Due to Government policies and other external factors, the tribal people are alienated from their own life. Still many houses do not have electricity facility. Culturally they are very strong with ancestral roots and traditions. They own indigenous knowledge and wisdom in farming, and primary health care. Without having any sphere standards, Paliyan tribal families live in desperate conditions without any access to essential civic needs such as sanitation, safe drinking water and connecting roads for mobility and meeting health issues at the doorsteps. Children in these families often find it difficult to gain school education as they will need to walk for at least 2 miles to the maximum of 8 miles. Need for the Solar Lanterns: In our assessment and data collection, we found that around 600 Paliyan tribal families do not have electricity facility. Since tribal families live in small village hamlets surrounded by thick forest area, snake bites and other poisonous insect bites are common phenomena. Though they have small dwelling area [housing] to live in, they do not have electricity facility even to cook, eat, and sleep safely. The school going children after return back from schools cannot find any chances to read and study due to darkness and with traditional fuel lighting, they require additional costs. Because of the lack of lighting facility, children cannot do proper home works and improve their reading abilities. Since they grow as Low Ability Students, they lack interest and stimuli in school education due to abuses and dropped out from mainstream education. Proposed Stakeholders: S.No Name of the Village Block Housing without Power Supply Housing without Power connection Electricity with Single Bulbed Houses Total 1 Chinnur Kodaikanal 25 10 10 45 2 Periyur Kodaikanal 30 10 05 45 3 Moongilpallam Kodaikanal 30 - - 30 4 Thalinji Kodaikanal 50 - - 50 5 Poomparaivayal Kodaikanal 30 - - 30 6 Kookal Kombai Kodaikanal 50 - - 50 7 Bolur Kodaikanal - - 20 20 8 Pattiyakadu Kodaikanal 22 10 05 37 9 Puliyamarathusettu Palani 20 10 10 40 10 Kombaikadu Kodaikanal 20 20 30 70 11 Karuvelampatty Kodaikanal 20 20 10 50 12 Siruvattukombai Oddanchatram 20 10 10 40 13 Puliyankasam Oddanchatram 20 10 05 35 14 Mansundrai Adalur 30 - - 30 15 Kulavikarai Pandrimalai 30 - - 30 Total 367 105 110 592 Special Request: We request you to kindly consider allocation of 600 Solar Lanterns for innumerable benefits to the above mentioned Paliyan tribal families.

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