EESL has alerted all the parties, who are involved with the fraudulence. According to the statement issued by EESL, "these websites are not associated with the UJALA programme of EESL which is a public energy services company, under the administration of the Ministry of Power."
"Two websites — www.philips-led-at-10rs.in and pbs.twimg.com/media/CoGI9txWIAAybuk.jpg are misleading consumers by promising them of providing LED bulbs as low as Re 1. They are not only using copyright images of UJALA logo but also Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s picture to deceive the consumers," EESL officials stated.
"EESL completely disowns and disclaims any relation with the link/URL and the contents provided by these link/URL. EESL or Prime Minister’s office does not endorse any of the claims or contents of such advertisements and these are an attempt to malign the name of EESL and Prime Minister’s office," they added.
Further EESL will be informing the Police about such fraudulent statements that are being made in the public and lodge an FIR.
According to Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, EESL, “Our team has been continuously working towards following the stringent processes that has been created by the organization. We are keeping a tab on all the malpractices that can harm the good efforts of EESL to provide quality products to our consumers. We are taking legal routes to address such fraudulent issues and will continuously alert our consumers of such messages and advertisements through various media. We urge the consumers to purchase LED bulbs under the UJALA scheme only in the designated distribution centers.”
EESL is only distributing LED bulbs through the dedicated and authorized distribution centers across the state which can be looked at by the consumers at www.ujala.gov.in. For any new initiatives, EESL will communicate consumers through various media and consumers should not entertain any other means of buying products under EESL programmes. If done, EESL will not take responsibility of any faulty products.
EESL, therefore, cautions general public at large to beware of any fraudulent and/or unauthorised communication, wherein fraudsters’ inter-alia pretends to be a part of, or authorised by EESL; and in doing so attempt to carry out scams or frauds asking for money/money transfers in the name of programmes promulgated or supported by EESL for selling of LED bulb.
EESL further requested citizens to highlight such hoaxes in the EESL social media handles @EESL_India for twitter and www.facebook.com/EESLIndia for facebook. The consumers can also register such complains at email@example.com.