LED Manufacturing Unit Empowers Tribal Women in Andhra Pradesh
State Energy Conservation Mission Chief Executive Officer (CEO) A Chandrasekhar Reddy inspected the manufacturing unit at Rampachodavaram and interacted with the tribals yesterday who are involved in the manufacturing of LED bulbs
RAJAMAHENDRAVARAM, July 24: An LED manufacturing unit, established here
with an aim to empower tribal women, is producing over one lakh energy-saving
lamps per month, giving a new direction to the lives of over 50 tribals.
State Energy Conservation Mission Chief Executive Officer (CEO) A Chandrasekhar
Reddy inspected the manufacturing unit at Rampachodavaram and interacted with
the tribals yesterday who are involved in the manufacturing of LED bulbs.
"Efforts are on to market the LED bulbs manufactured here," Reddy
Assembling of LED lights does not require highly skilled manpower and the
district administration thought it was fit to create a sustainable business
model for the local tribal people. The model was initiated for empowering
After exploring manufacturing capabilities and studying the market over eight
months for LED lighting products, a firm M/s Rampa Girijan Mahila Samakhya
(RGMS) was formed by and for the tribal women, an official release said.
With the initial assistance from project officer, Integrated Tribal Development
Agency (ITDA), the RGMS bought training material worth Rs 20 lakh for making
LED bulbs, tubelights, street lights and decorative lights among others.
A five-week on job training was imparted to the work force to acquire necessary
skills and procurement of semi knock-down kits which contain all approved
components required for a marketable product.
Stringent inspection was planned at different stages, like procurement of raw material,
work in progress, finished products and package, the statement said.
The LED bulb manufacturing unit was set up last year with Rs 25 lakh in which
45 tribal women were initially employed.
Currently 51 women, headed by a CEO who is a B.Tech qualified tribal woman, are
working towards a planned monthly production capacity of 125,000 bulbs, 4,400
tube lights, 6,000 street lights and other luminaries.
The profit margins that remain after the value addition cost of the product are
to meet their salary requirements, the statement added.