The Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam has roped in a company owned by the state energy minister’s family for solar plant installation, inviting criticism from the opposition parties, especially Congress. However, brushing aside all the debate, the minister and his family have said that the process of getting the contract was absolutely transparent.
The Urja Vikas Nigam has ensued a project worth Rs 180 crore for the development of solar power plants. It has been reported that the company Infinity Energy Solutions, owned by the daughter and daughter-in-law of the state energy minister Paras Jain, have already started working on the same and completed Rs 3 crore worth of work.
Paras Jain is the Power and New and Renewable energy minister of Madhya Pradesh state government, whose daughter Swati and daughter-in-law Pooja jointly run the company.
The Urja Vikas Nigam had issued a tender for the installation of rooftop grid for the first time in June 2016. Less than a month later, Infinity Energy Solutions got the Sales Tax TIN.
According to the opposition parties, the deadline of this tender application was extended not once but twice under tremendous pressure from Paras Jain, which allowed Infinity Energy Solutions to participate. The tender, however, was finally awarded in December last year for the installation of a 30-MW solar plant worth Rs 180 crores.