Union minister for power, new and renewable energy, coal and mines, Piyush Goyal on Wednesday sought support of all states and Union territories (UT) in realising the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to electrify each house and village to meet the requirements of farmers and the poor.
Inaugurating a two-day conference of power ministers here, Goyal said though the prime minister had set the ambitious target to be achieved by 2022, the power ministers’ conclave had resolved to achieve it much ahead of the deadline. “I once again urge upon you to join hands to ensure we do our best, cutting across political lines and ideologies. We want to light the nation by 2018,” he said. As many as 23 states and UTs ministers, including from Maharashtra, UP, WB, Punjab, J&K, Goa, Bihar, Assam, Tripura, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh are participating in the conclave to deliberate upon improving the power and mining scenario in the country. Reeling off figures of the various records set by his ministries in clocking real time growth in various sectors, he said in his keynote address that peak load rates of electricity had come down from Rs 10 to Rs 1.10 paisa in just three years in some of the states. Read more