New Delhi, May 28 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasised on the need to enhance consumer satisfaction, increase operational efficiency and improve financial sustainability of the power sector. The Prime Minister, who reviewed the work of the Ministries of Power and New & Renewable Energy on Wednesday evening, pointed out that since the problems in the Power sector, especially of the electricity distribution segment, vary across regions and states, instead of looking for a one-size-fits-all solution, the Ministry should put in place state-specific solutions, to incentivise each state to improve its performance.
He advised the Ministry of Power to ensure that the DISCOMs publish their performance parameters periodically, so that the people know how their DISCOMs fare in comparison to the peers. He also emphasised on indigenous equipment usages in the power sector. Policy initiatives, including revised Tariff Policy and the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020 to redress the problems afflicting the power sector were discussed. Regarding New and Renewable Energy, the Prime Minister emphasised the need for a holistic approach for the entire supply chain of the Agriculture Sector, ranging from solar water pumps to decentralised solar cold storages. He also emphasised for innovative model for rooftop solar and desired that each state should have at least one city (either a capital city or any renowned tourist destination) to be fully solar through rooftop solar power generation.
Emphasis was also laid on ecosystem development for manufacturing of ingots, wafers, cells and modules in the country, which would also help in generating employment, in addition to various other advantages. The Prime Minister further desired to expedite the plan for carbon neutral Ladakh and emphasised for drinking water supply in coastal areas by harnessing the solar and wind energy. (UNI)