India: PM Modi Addresses Power Ministry And Calls For State-Specific Renewable Solutions

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a review meeting with the Ministry of Power and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has said that the ministries should put in place state-specific solutions instead of looking for a ”one-size-fits-all” solution, to incentivise each state to improve its performance.

In a review meeting, held on Wednesday evening with the ministry, the Prime Minister discussed the policy initiatives, including revised Tariff Policy and the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020 to redress the problems afflicting the power sector, a statement from the Prime Minister”s Office said on Thursday.

The statement said that the Prime Minister emphasized the need to enhance consumer satisfaction while increasing operational efficiency, and improving financial sustainability of the power sector. He pointed out that the problems in the power sector, especially of the electricity distribution segment, vary across regions and states. Instead of looking for a one-size-fits-all solution, the Ministry should put in place state-specific solutions to incentivize each state to improve its performance.

Instead of going for a one-size-fits-all formula, the Power Ministry should put in place state-specific solutions to help states improve their performance in the sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said.

Reviewing the work of Power, and New and Renewable Energy ministries on Wednesday evening, Modi pointed out that the problems in the power sector, especially of electricity distribution segment, vary across regions and states.

“Instead of looking for a one-size-fits-all solution, the ministry should put in place state-specific solutions to incentivise each state to improve its performance,” an official statement issued on Thursday said.

During the review, policy initiatives including revised tariff policy and the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020 to redress the problems afflicting the power sector were also discussed.

Modi advised the Power Ministry to ensure that the DISCOMs (distribution companies) publish their performance parameters periodically so that the people know how their provider fares in comparison to the peers. He also emphasised that equipment used in power sector be made in India.

Regarding New and Renewable Energy, the prime minister emphasised on the need for a holistic approach for entire supply chain of the agriculture sector, ranging from solar water pumps to decentralised solar cold storages.

He also pitched for innovative model for rooftop solar energy. He said every state should have at least one city (either the capital city or any renowned tourist destination) which is fully solar powerd using rooftop solar power generation.

Emphasis was also made on ecosystem development for manufacturing of ingots, wafers, cells and modules in India, which would also help generate employment in addition to various other advantages.

Modi also felt that the plan for carbon neutral Ladakh should be expedited. The prime minister also batted for drinking water supply in coastal areas by harnessing solar and wind energy, the statement said. 

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