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Thanks for raising an interesting point. Given the severe power crisis facing Bangladesh, the immediate conservation of energy has become a matter of urgency. The use of CFLs will contribute to some reduction in load shedding in the short run. The benefits of increased availability of electricity would be much higher. During the design of the project, the option of charging consumers a subsidized price for CFLs was considered. However, the idea was discarded because of the complexities surrounding the collection of money (who to collect from, how to ensure the collected money is not misappropriated etc). The option of charging the consumers by including it in their next month's electricity bill was also considered. However, then the customers would have to be given an option of not receiving the bulbs if they preferred not to be charged. And it would have required changes in the billing software to include a separate line item. It's worth noting here that all the power distribution utilities are involved in the program and they use different systems for billing. After evaluation, it was found that charging consumers a nominal subsidized price for CFLs, would have required more time in designing the collection system and it would have increased the risks of misappropriation. Considering all these factors, and in an attempt to simplify the process and ensure that maximum number of CFLs are being used to save power, the Government of Bangladesh had decided to distribute the CFLs for free (in exchange of incandescent bulbs).