The Union Minister for Power, Coal and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal on Thursday reaffirmed his ministry’s commitment that every household is electrified and all farmers in the country get adequate and timely power in the country.
“Making a difference to the lives of poor, rural people and farmers is important in achieving our goal of 24X7 power for all-industry, commerce, households, farmers- in the country by the year 2019,” Goyal said while addressing the conference of State Power, Energy and Renewable Energy Ministers at Goa.
Goyal laid emphasis on the North Eastern states. “Unless we develop the East and north eastern states we will not be able to develop India,” he said. Commenting on the common pool purchase policy for larger equipments such as transformers, cables he hoped his ministry will receive help from states. “If some states feel they can do better in purchasing of equipment and machinery they are welcome however the ministry is of the view that the centralized system with a common procurement committee is better,” he said.
Goyal expressed happiness that 2 states Karnataka and Goa are signing the UDAI agreement today. “I take pride in the fact that no states have been discriminated except preferential treatment to the North east,” he added.
However, he pointed that hydro and wind energy has been neglected areas and it is important to get them on track with long term plans for growth in the deliberations. “Urban areas and our cities/towns also need 24×7 power.”
Sharing the Gujarat experience of reduction of power thefts, Goyal said the tariff increase there had been the lowest. Further, he appealed to all states to reduce power thefts and said there is great political benefit in stopping power theft while asking support for the program being suggested in the conference for doing this.
The two day bi-annual conference has been organized by the Ministry for Power and Coal. Ministers from 19 states and Secretaries and officials from as many as 27 states attended the conference.
Anil Swarup, coal secretary, said that from a shortage situation sometime back, his ministry is now facing a situation, where they have coal but there are not many takers for the 550 MT coal stock. He appealed to the generating companies in the states to stop importing coal. “Coal India Ltd has set up processes for auction of coal to public and private entities and a dispute resolution mechanism has also been set up in his Ministry wherein disputes between states can also be resolved,” Swarup said.
Narrating a story the Secretary MNRE Shri Upendra Tripathy underlined the importance of differential pricing especially for the poor and underprivileged class.
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