Budget 2018: Focus On Expanding Energy Access For All

Budget 2018: Focus On Expanding Energy Access For All

The Union Budget for 2018-19 tabled in Parliament today has sought to achieve universal energy access with focus on expanding the coverage of flagship schemes aimed at providing cooking gas and electricity connections to the poor.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his budget speech also talked about incentivising uptake of solar power by state discoms for the benefit of farmers using solar pumps for irrigation. A provision for curbing air pollution in the Delhi-NCR region was another key intervention with implication for the energy sector.

“We launched Prime Minister’s Ujjwala Scheme to make poor women free from the smoke of wood. Initially our target was to provide free LPG connections to about 5 crore poor women. But in view of the pace of implementation of Ujjwala scheme and its popularity among the women, we propose to increase the target of providing free connection to 8 crore poor women,” Jaitley said. Read More…

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