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Web Exclusive | November 2012

Centre allots Rs 497 bn for rural electrification scheme

Union Power Secretary P Uma Shankar informed that the centre sanctioned budgetary support of around Rs 49,730 crore for the power ministry's flagship rural electrification programme called Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana during the 12th Plan.

The ministry also harnessed Information Technology for ensuring quality power supply to different parts of the country, he said.

He expressed hope that the country may reach the goal of "Power for all by 2012 through a multi-pronged strategy encompassing increased resource exploration & exploitation, capacity addition, and energy sector reforms.

He further informed that his ministry allowed power companies facing coal supply crunch to sign fuel supply deals with Coal India (CIL), even if no prior power purchase agreements (PPAs) exist with distribution companies.

Shankar also assured power project developers including states that no project in the implementation stage will suffer for want of coal.

Demand for energy in India has multiplied manifold in recent years on the back of rapid urbanization, industrialization and usage of water for irrigation in agriculture.

Energy being the building block of economic development, the focus is now firmly entrenched on finding the right energy mix for propelling a high trajectory, sustainable and inclusive growth path for India, said Rajiv Mundhra, president, Indian Chamber Of Commerce.

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