Kerala govt to enlist children to cut power consumption

Kerala govt to enlist children to cut power consumption

Kochi: The Kerala government is looking to enlist children in a novel proposal to reduce electricity consumption.

As part of his budget proposal, finance minister Thomas Isaac has suggested a scheme in which tradable stamps, or coupons, will be awarded to households that cut back on power consumption. “Though the exact value of the dividend (stamps) is yet to be finalized…, it will be for a certain amount of units reduced, say, Re1 for every 10 units reduced," Isaac told Mint.

Kerala has a power deficit of about 500MW. The scheme is aimed at children, who typically collect stamps. They can exchange them for books, or even among themselves. Some discussions have already been held with publishers and bookstores in the state, Isaac said. “It will create such awareness among them, which will also result in their enthusiasm to collect stamps," he added.

The base value for measuring cutbacks will be the average household electricity consumption in the previous year. “Stamps of various denominations will be issued to the consumer on a monthly basis," the minister said, adding that such stamps could also be used to buy goods from state civil supplies corporation stores.