Union Energy Minister Dr. M. Veerappa Moily said that power is the soul of the Nation and the power growth chases the GDP growth. He said after 2007 if our GDP has grown by 8-9% the reason is power has grown to that extent.

Shri Moily was addressing Seminar on “Power Crisis Challenges & Solutions” here on Saturday. He said achievements in the 11th five year plan itself are more than what earlier three five year plans could achieve. He said our supply side is very strong. Various countries of the world are saying that India’s growth story is promising. He said said our fundamentals are very strong. Various financial institutions of the world are saying that by purchasing power our country will be having second place after China by 2039.

He said by another 15 to 20 years the average working population of India will be 29%. He said this is our democratic dividend and nobody can stop the growth story of this country. He said if we want our country to achieve 9% GDP growth we need to achieve additional power capacity and this additional power capacity has to come from the coal, gas and hydro-electric power.

He said more than 93 percent electrification of villages in country has been completed. Under Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana every BPL household will be connected with the electricity. Dhanis and hamlets will be covered under this scheme, he added.

Shri Moily assured the people of the state that the electricity need for the Rabi crop will be fully taken care of. He said the Govt. of India does not want distribution companies (Discoms) to suffer and we are working out financial package with them.

Presiding over the Seminar Chief Minister Shri Ashok Gehlot said Rajasthan has adverse geographical conditions and it takes heavy expenditure to provide services like electricity, drinking water and health services. He said even though the state is facing water problem it is not lagging behind in power generation. Possibilities of solar energy are highest in Rajasthan and the state government is focusing on solar energy along with wind energy. He said Rajasthan has been given the target of 700 MW under Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission.

He said to expedite the power generation the state has asked the centre for immediate coal linkage and coal block for power plants. He said if we get proper coal linkage and gas supply we can execute our planning in energy generation. He said the state has brought down the Transmission and Distribution loss at 19.6 percent.

Rajasthan Energy Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh said the state government has focussed on energy generation and the future of Rajasthan is bright in energy sector.

Earlier Etv Hindi & Urdu Head Shri Jagdish Chandra welcomed the guests. Minister of State for Education Smt. Naseem Akhtar Insaf and other public representatives and senior officials of the centre and state government were present on this occasion.


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