Monday, 12 June 2017

Three Years’ Achievements & Initiatives of the Ministries of Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines

Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal, addressed the media on achievements of Ministries under his charge in the last three years, here today. Shri Goyal also interacted with the media present at 7 cities – Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow and Patna - through video conferencing.

Shri Goyal informed that achieving the Mission of 24x7 Affordable Clean Power for All and ensuring the optimum utilization of natural resources for national development are very critical to Ujwal Bharat which will help in realizing Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modis vision of New IndiaOver the past three years, the Ministries of Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines have made considerable progress towards achieving this goal.

The Minister talked about how the four Ministries have worked on 6 fundamental principles to achieve the goal of Ujwal Bharat. These are SULABH (Accesible Power), SASTI (Cheap Power), SWACHH (Clean Power), SUNIYOJIT (Well Planned Infrastructure; Preparing India for the Future), SUNISHCHIT (Assured Power for All) and SURAKSHIT (Empowering each Citizen of India with Transparent Governance and Securing their Future).

Shri Goyal laid emphasis that all the stakeholders concerned with the four sectors, viz., Union Government, State Governments, Power sector players (Public and Private), Mining Sector participants and investors, consumers, citizens etc have to work in coordination, with the sole aim of SEWA (Service) to each citizen of India. 

Detailing out the major achievements of the four Ministries in brief, Shri Goyal enumerated the following below:

To ensure adequate coal for electricityshortage to surplus, Government has set a goal to produce 100 crore tonnes of domestic coal by 2019-20The 9.2 crore tonne increase in production of coal in the three years since 2014This increase took about seven years before 2014While nearly two-thirds of the power plants were reeling critical coal stocks in 2014, there is no shortage of coal nowThrough reduced coal imports to make the nation self-reliant, foreign exchange worth Rs25,900 crores have been saved.

The principle of less coal for more power has yielded resultsIn 2016-17, 0.63 kgs of coal was used to produce 1 kWh of electricity (specific coal consumption), versus 0.69 kgs in 2013-2014, a reduction of 8%. This ensures cheaper as well as cleaner electricityFurther, coal linkage rationalization of 4 crore tonnes of coal will result in potential savings of about Rs3,000 crores.

All States have signed the Power for All’ agreements highlighting Governments commitment to the principle of Cooperative FederalismSHAKTI (Scheme for Harnessing and Allocating Koyala Transparently in India) is a transformational policy for auction and allotment of coal linkages and will lead to affordable power, access to coal and accountability in the allocation of coalThe Mega Power Policy will facilitate competitive bidding for future Power Purchase Agreements and ensure long term project viability.

The highest ever 60GW addition in conventional power, about 40increase in transformation capacity, and over one-fourth increase in transmission lines since April 2014-March 2017, have made India a power surplus country, with no shortage of electricity or coalOne Nation, One Grid, One Price was further strengthened with surplus electricity available at affordable rates for StatesFor the first time, India became a net exporter of electricity in 2016-17.

UDAY (Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana), as a comprehensive reform of the distribution sector saw progress, with savings of nearly Rs12,000 crores for DISCOMs due to issuance of UDAY Bonds worth Rs2.32 lakh croreThese savings will help in providing affordable power to consumersThrough reforms, Indias ranking in Ease of Getting Electricity by the World Bank rose from 99 in 2015 to 26 in 2017.

Government is driven by Antyodaya - serving the last man at the bottom of the pyramid, based on the philosophy of Pandit Deen Dayal UpadhyayaThe birth centenary year of this great philosopher, humanist and nationalist is being commemorated as Garib Kalyan VarshThe flagship scheme for rural electrification (DDUGJY Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojanahas received special attentionLess than 4,000 of the 18,452 remaining un-electrified villages (as of 1st April 2015remain, and will be electrified by May 2018To ensure light in not just every village but every home, the Government has set the target of electrifying every household by 2022About 4.5 crore rural households remain, as per data submitted by the States.

India has received world recognition for its energy efficiency initiativesMore than 23 crore LED bulbs have been distributed under UJALA (Unnat Jyoti by Affordable Electricity for All), and this has served a twofold purpose helped save Rs12,400 crores in electricity bills, and reduced CO2 emissions by over 2.5 crore tonnes annually.

New & Renewable Energy
As declared emphatically by the Prime Minister of India remains fully committed to protecting the environment, which is an Article of Faith for usIn 2016-17, India crossed major milestones in the mission of achieving 175 GW of renewable power by 2022By introducing competitive bidding, Government has ensured that renewable energy is affordable and attractive for consumers2016-17 saw the lowest tariffs in both solar (Rs2.44and wind (Rs3.46energyIn a groundbreaking development, 2016-17 also marks the first year when net capacity addition of renewable energy was higher than that conventional energyThe past year also saw the highest ever addition of solar and wind power.

Through a combination of sound policy and technology, the Government has embarked on a plan to bring transparency to the mining sector and optimize utilization of natural resourcesThe National Mineral Exploration Policy 2016 aims to accelerate exploration through National Aero-Geophysical Mapping Project, which will acquire data on 27 lakh line kms of aero-geophysical data by 2019, versus 7 lakh line kms in the last 30 yearsAmending the legislative framework for allotment of offshore blocks will kick start offshore mining activityTransparent auction of 24 mineral blocks will lead to estimated revenue of over Rs. 1 lakh crore to the States over the lease period of the minesUsing space technology, the Mining Surveillance System (MSSacts as an eye in the sky to check illegal mining.

To ensure that people affected by mining benefit from this activity, Government has started Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY), which has already covered 11 out of 12 mineral-rich statesThe District Mineral Foundation (DMF) under PMKKKY has collected about Rs7,150 crores from mining in 2016-17, which will be used for education, healthcare and welfare measures specifically for mining affected people and areas.

Accountability and Transparency through Mobile Apps
Government is also operating under the highest standards of transparency and accountability, with consumer is king, at the heart of all effortsThe launch of various apps to track the functioning of various departments and schemes is part of thisSome of the apps launched in the past year include URJA to track electricity situation in urban areas and the progress of the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS), TARANG to track transmission projects and URJA MITRA for power cut informationAll the apps of the four Ministries can be downloaded by giving a missed call number to 18002003004.

Other dignitaries present on the occasion were Shri P.K. Pujari, Secretary Power, Shri Susheel Kumar, Secretary Coal, Shri Arun Kumar, Secretary, Mines and other senior officers of the four Ministries and PSUs under them.


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