PM launches Scheme for LED bulb distribution




PM launches Scheme for LED bulb distribution under domestic efficient lighting programme in Delhi 

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The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal launching the e-book of the Ministries of Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy, in New Delhi on January 08, 2015. The Secretary, Ministry of Power, Shri Pradeep Kumar Sinha and the Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Shri Anil Swarup are also seen.

Excerpts from E-Book on Achievements and Initiatives of Ministries of Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy in the first 200 Days


Mission:

·        Affordable, 24x7 power for all homes, industrial and commercial establishments and adequate power for the agricultural sector

·        Long-term energy security of India

Key takeaways

·        5 unions of Coal India Limited have called off the strike after cordial discussions with senior leadership of the company and the Ministry of Coal yesterday.

·        After collapse of grid in Delhi in May leading to frequent power cuts, Central government acted decisively to restore power lines and provide power to all homes. From these learnings, we have prepared a short term and medium term plan to ensure such a crisis does not occur again, for which massive investments worth Rs. 7,700 crores are already underway for:

o       Upgrading power infrastructure

o       Bringing more transmission lines to the city

o       Underground cabling

o       Smart metering to stop wrong billing

o       Emergency response systems

·      National launch of LED and energy conservation mission by Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji: 1 crore bulbs in Delhi will be replaced with LED within one year. Similar replacement program of 500,000 street lights of Delhi in one year too. Nationwide rollout thereafter will see a saving of over Rs. 10,000 crores.

·      Amendments in the Electricity Act introduced in Parliament for providing choice to consumers in electricity suppliers (just like we have the freedom to choose a mobile phone operator and can change if dissatisfied, so will be the case with electricity suppliers too). This will ensure more competition, affordable power and better customer service.

·      50% increase in capacity addition in June-Nov 2014 versus June-Nov 2013

·      Record 15.8% increase in thermal based electricity generation in June-Nov 2014 versus June-Nov 2013

·      All time high 14.1% increase in coal production in Oct-Nov 2014 versus 1.0% in Oct-Nov 2013 (and 8.4% production growth in June-Nov 2014 over June-Nov 2013)

·      Central Government grant of Rs. 1.1 lakh crores for comprehensive infrastructure up gradation pan India under two schemes (Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) for rural India and Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) for urban India) towards 24x7 affordable power for all.

o       DDUGJY will see feeder separation in rural India giving assured power to the farms, and 24x7 for homes and small scale industries

o       The Remote villages with small population (e.g., dhanis) will also be covered under DDUGJY.

·      Action plan towards doubling Coal India’s production target to 100 crore tons in 5 years is in place, and transformation process has been initiated.

·      100,000 MW solar and 60,000 MW wind energy capacity installation target by 2022 for long-term energy security of India. This will entail an investment of Rs. 10 lakh crore.

o       40,000 MW of rooftop solar

o       20,000 MW of solar parks

·      A world-class Renewable Energy Investment Summit (RE-Invest 2015) is being held in mid-February to show case India’s potential, ease of doing business and to attract such quantum of capital.

·      Historic coal ordinance was promulgated within a month of cancellation of coal blocks by Hon’ble Supreme Court. Allocation and auction process will be held in a transparent manner exclusively by e-bidding. This will protect the interests of Coal India Limited’s employees and increase domestic production towards 24x7 affordable power for all, and long term energy security of India.

·      Coal bearing states will receive over Rs. 7 lakh crores from e-auction of coal blocks in future, for socioeconomic development and accelerating economic growth.

·      Make in India: Rs. 1 lakh crore worth orders being placed by NTPC, Coal India Limited, Energy Efficiency Services Limited, PGCIL etc. to boost manufacturing and kick start the economy.

·      Long pending transmission projects worth Rs. 35,000 crores cleared and government grant of Rs. 10,000 crores for comprehensive strengthening and up gradation of power systems in 8 North Eastern States

·      Supply of coal from nearest mines will reduce transportation costs by Rs. 6,000 crores, reducing tariffs:

o       Already one exchange between NTPC and Gujarat saved Rs. 300 crores for the customers

·      PSUs under the administrative control of the Ministries of Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy are constructing over 100,000 toilets in schools, by 15th August 2015 towards Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.

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Scientific Research to be the Engine for ‘Make In India’ in Years to Come 


            The Minister for Science & Technology (S&T) Dr. Harsh Vardhan, has said that scientific research in the country is to made the engine for ‘MAKE IN INDIA’ in years to come.  Addressing a press conference along with Shri Y.S. Chowdary, the Minister of State for S&T in Hyderabad today, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said he was optimistic that all scientists of Indian origin would respond positively to the Narendra Modi government’s invitation to participate and bring an S&T-based industrial renaissance in our country. He said the focus of the present government will be to take scientific research to the field for implementation, for industrial progress.



Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that India today is definitely a more happening place in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) than the West. The Prime Minister’s confidence is definitely having an effect, he added.

The Modi government has already announced a package of incentives to Indian-origin STEM researchers so that they could get competitive salaries in India. Many private sector companies have already succeeded in wooing back to India talented scientists. This is reflecting well on India’s image as a country with innovation and STEM-based entrepreneurship.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that “Ministry of Science & Technology (BIRAC and CSIR) would work with State Industry Development Corporations for enabling deployment of technology benefitting SMEs”.

The spurt in the number of India’s intellectually talented students turning to the pure sciences has been noticed worldwide. Recently, the widely respected US think tank, Brookings Institution, has revealed in a report that 8 of the top10 cities worldwide in terms of sending STEM scholars to the United States on F-1 visas are in India. These cities are: Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Kolkata and Pune.

The Minister said that falling world oil prices will not distract India’s commitment to seeking breakthroughs in making renewable energy harnessing and its affordable adoption in everyday lif

Solar power

            The Minister said that he would drive the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to push the frontiers of research into renewable energy research, particularly solar power. 

            “World oil prices have fallen from $ 115 a barrel in June to less than $ 50 this week. But Prime Minister Modi, himself a great backer of solar energy research, development and adoption in everyday life, has instructed me not to be distracted from the pursuit of the ultimate goal of having a fossil fuel free economy. This is definitely good news for the Environment as the present dependence on non-renewable forms of energy is killing us all and would be disastrous for the future generations”the Minister said.

            The total renewable energy potential from various sources is conservatively estimated at 2.5 lakh MW. According to United Nations, India has achieved less than 12.5 percent of the potential. As for solar power, he said, the potential is “unlimited”.

            Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, “In solar power the present trend is to think in terms of Gigawatts and not Megawatts because that would lead to prices dropping. In Germany, the government is encouraging house owners to rent out their rooftops so that more and more solar power can be harnessed for feeding into the grid. This policy needs to be incorporated into our national policy”.

Milestones: 2014-15

            Extending his warm New Year’s greetings to the media representatives, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that the Ministries of S&T and Earth Sciences, which he heads, have had a most fruitful 2014. He congratulated all scientists, researchers, technicians and administrative staff of government laboratories and foundations who have made “Mangalyaan”and other milestones possible.

            “The Indian private sector should also be congratulated because it is functioning in many start up fields and competing with established players in the West. In the past 20 years many Indian companies based on biotechnology, biological sciences and other fields have attracted world recognition “the Minister said. Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that India a large youth are now expected to take the country to its glory through the scientific path.



He listed the following achievements of the Department of Science and Technology at the Press Conference.

·         Cutting-edge Technology: Make in India. India is a partner in the Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT) project at Mauna Kea, Hawaii, USA at a total cost of ₹1,299.8 Crore from 2014-23. 70% of India’s contribution will be in kind, in the making of quality mirrors and engineering in India. Partners: USA, Japan, Canada, China and India.
·         High performance computing resource of 800 TFLOPS has been commissioned for weather and climate modeling. Most powerful machine in the SE Asia.
·         Supercomputing for the future:  India has mounted an ambitious “National Supercomputing Mission (NSM): Building Capacity and Capability “with the aim of building Exascale computing with a total budget outlay of ₹4,500 Crore over 7 years (jointly with Department of Information Technology).
·         Understanding Climate Change and Saving the Himalayan Ecosystem: National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem. National Mission on Strategic Knowledge for Climate Change.
·         Tsunami Early Warning System at ESSO-INCOIS designated as Regional Tsunami Service Provider (RTSP) for providing advisories to all Indian Ocean Rim countries.  India only country capable of providing advisories for both tsunamigenic zones: Makran coast and Andaman-Sumatra sub-duction zone.
·         Cyclone Prediction. Remarkable improvements: Recent events such as Thane, Phailin, and Helen and Hudhud.
·         Modeling Monsoon: A dynamic model employed to predict quantitative precipitation associated with the southwest monsoon.
·         Helping Recovery of Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL) heavy weight torpedo ‘VARUNASTRA’. The support and participation by Vessel Management Cell of MoES ESSO-NIOT and crew of Sagar-Nidhi vital.
·         Make in India in High-end S&T: Deployed first Sub-surface Ocean Moored Observatory in the Arctic. ESSO-NCAOR and the ESSO-NIOT successfully deployed IndARC, the country’s first multi-sensor moored observatory in the Kongsfjorden fjord of the Arctic, roughly half way between Norway and the North Pole. This is a testimony to the capabilities of India in designing, developing and installing underwater observatories. 
·         Investing for our future talent:,  New thrust in Human Resource Development. Indian Scientists teach and train in Scale. International Scientists to teach in India. Opportunities for attracting Overseas Indian Scientists to return to India.
·         Enhanced Innovation Ecosystem: Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council now supports nearly 300 companies, 100 young entrepreneurs. Biotechnology Translational research and industry academia partnership are being promoted through 3 Biotech clusters, 8 Biotech Parks and 13 Bioincubators.
·         Rotavirus vaccine indigenously developed. The developed Rotavirus Vaccine at $1 per dose has been cleared for market license.
·         Decoding the Wheat Genome: 15 countries joined hands to complete this huge task of decoding 17,000 million bases. Indian Scientists participated in Decoding Chromosome 2A.
·         The Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) provides significant technological interventions in many areas of economic and social importance which include environment, health, drinking water, food, housing, energy, farm and non-farm sectors.
·         CSIR has 90% of US patents granted to any Indian publicly funded R&D organization. CSIR licenses 13.86% of its patents - above global average. 
·         National Capacity Building and in some areas, global leadership.  Example: CSIR technology provides gasoline with less than 0.3% benzene. A 0.60 MMTPA plant is being constructed at Reliance Refinery in Jamnagar. First in world.
·         Novel Broad Spectrum Confocal Microscope: Under CSIR-CGCRI and NMITLI programme a Broad Spectrum Confocal Microscope, world class ‘Made in India’High-end Product based on Supercontinuum Light Source. Paved the way for India’s presence in global photonics research.
·         Strategic Sector: DHVANI, a state-of-the-art marksmanship training system and Drishti Systems, airport visibility measuring tools.
·         KrishiShakti, an indigenous diesel engine tractor.
·         Just Announced: Indian Neutrino Observatory. A major high-tech Make in India initiative and a new-thrust in High-Energy Experimental Physics. Collaboration with Department of Atomic Energy.


Secretary, Ministry of S&T Dr. K. Vijay Raghavan and Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences Dr. Shailesh Nayak made presentation-


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Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu sacks senior CPWD official for indiscipline 

Directs CPWD to fix responsibility for delay in the matter 

Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu has directed dismissal from service of a senior official of Central Public Works Department (CPWD) for unauthorized absence from duty. As disciplinary authority, Shri Naidu has imposed the major penalty of dismissal from service of Shri A.K.Verma, Executive Engineer(Electrical). The Minister’s decision came after the charge of willful absence from duty against Shri Verma has been proved in the Inquiry set up in the matter. 

Shri A.K.Verma, who joined CPWD as an Assistant Executive Engineer in 1980 went on Earned Leave in December,1990 and did not report to work thereafter. He went on seeking extension of leave which was not sanctioned and defied directions to report to work. An Inquiry was instituted against him in September, 1992 for major penalty for willful absence from duty. Due to non-cooperation of Shri Verma with the Inquiry and for other reasons, it got delayed and a fresh charge sheet was issued in 2005. The Inquiry Report, establishing the charges was submitted in July,2007 and the same was accepted by the then Minister of Urban Development in August, 2007. But no further action was taken in the matter. 

Seeking to streamline the functioning of CPWD and to ensure accountability, Shri Venkaiah Naidu, soon after assuming office directed review of pending vigilance and disciplinary cases for expeditious action against the accused. Shri Verma’s case surfaced in due course and Shri Naidu directed his dismissal from service. 

Shri Venkaiah Naidu has taken serious view of in-action since 2007 and directed the concerned to fix responsibility for delay in the matter. 

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Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu invites Overseas Indians to partner in building modern Urban India 
Unveils US $ 1200 billion investment opportunities in new urban initiatives 
Mahatma was the man of the moment 100 years ago and now it is Shri Modi, says Shri Naidu 
Minister says, secular development aspirations of people are the Gita, Bible, Koran for government 
Dwaraka and Puri included for development under heritage cities project 

Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu today made a fervent appeal to millions of Overseas Indians to join hands in the task of ‘building a modern urban India’. Presiding over the Plenary Session on ‘Opportunities in India’ at the Pravasi Bharati Divas programme at Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat, Shri Naidu outlined investment need of over US $ 1200 billion in building 100 smart cities, development of 500 cities and towns, Swachh Bharat Mission in urban areas, Rejuvenation of cities of cultural heritage, construction of over 20 million low cost and affordable houses and skill development. 

Elaborating on the ambitious urban development initiatives of the central government, Shri Venkaiah Naidu informed the participants that domestic and foreign private investments will be the main sources of investments for new urban initiatives. He said that about 60 lakh crore (950 billion US $) investments would be required for providing urban infrastructure across the country and as Operation & Maintenance costs of urban utilities over the next 20 years. About Rs.45,000 cr (US $ 7.50 billion) private investment in Clean India initiative in urban areas besides another Rs.15 lakh crore (US $ 238 billion) in ensuring housing for all is also required. 

Giving details of various urban initiatives, Shri Naidu informed that 12 cities with rich cultural heritage assets would be taken for development of core heritage areas and making them more tourist friendly with all services and facilities. The cities identified under HRIDAY (Heritage Development and Augmentation Yojana) include: Amritsar, Ajmer, Gaya, Mathura, Varanasi, Amaravati(Andhra Pradesh), Warangal(Telangana), Badami (Karnataka), Kanchipuram and Vellankini (Tamilnadu), Dwaraka (Gujarat) and Puri (Odisha). 

Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu said that the mission of the Modi led government is ‘Resurgent India’ and various initiatives are being taken to improve investment climate and the ‘ease of doing business’ in the country. He noted that ‘the sentiment within and outside the country has changed significantly after Shri Narendra Modi took over as Prime Minister. The country is firmly on the path of recovery. Shri Modi’s simple mantra is to Make India through Skill India, Digital India and Clean India. The secular aspirations of the people of the country for development were clearly expressed during the recent elections to the Lok Sabha and assemblies of 8 states. These wishes and aspirations of the people constitute the Gita, Bible and Koran for our government. Some efforts are being made to divert the attention from our agenda of development and governance and we will not allow them to succeed. Gandhi ji arrived in India 100 years ago on a mission of liberating our county and Shri Modi has come to Delhi as Prime Minister with a mission of Resurgent India. ’ 

Shri Naidu observed that since the formation of Shri Modi led government at the centre, inflation has been steadily declining with Wholesale Price Index recoding Zero during November last year, economic growth rate increasing from 4.60% to 5.70%, Foreign Institutional Investments touching US $ 42 billion in 2014 as against only 12 billion US $ in the previous year, core manufacturing picking up, power generation going by 22% etc. He further said that with emphasis on punctuality and accountability, actual working hours by employees too increased. Shri Naidu noted that in nut-shell, the management of the economy and governance is marked by clear sense of purpose and direction creating the right environment for realizing a ‘Resurgent India’. 

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