New Delhi: In a move aimed at speeding up centrally-sponsored schemes, the Centre has invited power ministers of all the states to hold a detailed discussion on the progress of people-centric programmes and discuss strategies for 24×7 power for all. At the conference of power ministers, which is scheduled to be held on Thursday in New Delhi, the Centre would review the progress of rural electrification work. It’s pertinent to mention here that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had set a target to electrify every village of the country by 2022 and states are driving force in implementing the Central schemes.
According to an official Press note of Ministry of Power and New & Renewable Energy, the conference would discuss issues relating to 24×7 power for all, electricity connection to every household, compliances of renewable purchase obligations, review of solar, wind and hydropower projects, energy efficiency and others.
The conference will also share initiatives and best practices by the ministries of power and new and renewable energy as well as by states and union territories. The conference would be inaugurated by Minister of State (I/C) for Power and New & Renewable Energy RK Singh along with senior officials of the ministry. At the meeting, the issues of viability of power distribution companies, including income and expenditure for the last 4 years and remedies of their grievances would also be discussed.
The issues like running anti-theft campaigns, direct benefit transfers (DBT), cross-subsidy charges within limits of tariff policy, time of the day tariff would also be discussed. Taking forward the commitment to promote renewable energy sources, the stakeholders would also discuss different issues of renewable purchase obligations (RPO) at the conference. The Centre would also review the implementations of the solar programme, wind power programme, solar rooftop programmes, solar pump programmes and KUSUM programme at the meeting.