Coal related issues, Hydropower policy, transmission related issues will be the focus of the two day conference of state power ministers and to be steered by union minister of state for power, coal and renewable energy Piyush Goyal.
On the sidelines of this conference being held at Canaulim in South Goa, Goyal launched ‘URJA’- Urban Jyoti Abhiyaan Mobile app developed by Power Finance Corporation on behalf of Ministry of Power for Urban Power Distribution Sector.
The app is aimed at enhancing consumer connect with the Urban Power Distribution sector by providing information of IT enabled towns on important parameters which concern the consumers like outage information, timely release of connections, addressing complaints, power reliability etc.
The app will work as manifestation of Prime Minister’s principle of good governance i.e. People focus, co-operative federalism.
Union Minister also launched the Pradhan Mantri UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LED for all) Yojana in Goa with a target of replacing approximately 15 lakh LED bulbs, impacting nearly 5 lakh households.
Under the scheme, consumers are entitled to 3 LED bulbs of 9W each at a subsidized rate of Rs.25/, as against a market price of Rs.300-350.
The Scheme launched in the distinguished presence of Goa Chief Minister Shri Laxmikant Parsekar will help save over 78 million kwh every year in the state and about Rs.850-1000 on annual electricity bills.
MBesides, the Union Minister also launched “Vidyut Pravah” App at the event.
Speaking on the occasion the Minister said the scope of “DEEP” (Discovery of Efficient Electricity Price) e-Bidding and e-Reverse Auction Portal has been further expanded by covering banking mechanism and the medium term procurement of Power.
The Union Minister said the Government will soon start 100 percent smart metering to curb the menace of power theft. He said currently there is a loss around 24 to 26 percent due to theft of Power