Uttar Pradesh is the largest state in India. It has a population of over 190,000,000.
The Times of India reports that the Uttar Pradesh state government has banned the use of incandescent light bulbs in all government buildings and mandated the use of compact fluorescent light bulbs instead:
The orders issued from chief secretary Atul Kumar Gupta on Thursday have been sent to all principal secretaries, secretaries, divisional commissioners, district magistrates, heads of the departments, managing directors of public enterprises and corporations and chief executive officers to ensure mandatory use of Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) in all government buildings.
The orders further state that out-lived incandescent bulbs should be replaced only with CFLs. The chief secretary has asked all the officials to intimate the power department about the steps taken by them towards energy conservation within 15 days.
The state government has also banned the use of incandescent (conventional) bulbs with immediate effect in all new government buildings coming up. The orders hold true for all government buildings, government-aided institutions, boards, corporations, autonomous bodies and organisations.
Let’s hope the government workers in Uttar Pradesh know how dangerous compact fluorescent light bulbs are. Let’s hope they dispose of their used CFL bulbs properly. Maybe they should send them to chief secretary Atul Kumar Gupta in Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh.