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Stress­ing that govern­ment's mis­sion is to have 'one na­tion, one grid, one price', Power Min­is­ter Piyush Goyal said that elec­tric­ity is avail­able at same rate of Rs 4.40 per unit across In­dia.

"Govern­ment’s mis­sion is to achieve one na­tion, one grid, and one price. This is mo­men­tous. It is a de­light to tell you all that as of this mo­ment, all of In­dia has power at the same rate, that is Rs 4.40," Goyal said at an En­ergy Con­clave or­gan­ised by a me­dia house.

Goyal stated that he was try­ing to achieve the tar­get of uni­form power rates across the country. "Peo­ple every­where should be able to find out if power is avail­able through the mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion 'Vidyut Pravah'. This mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion also gives the rates at which power is avail­able on the grid," the min­is­ter added.

He said, bring­ing power to all was not just a tar­get but a mis­sion and com­mit­ment as well for the govern­ment. He fur­ther said that the Cen­tre be­lieves it should achieve en­ergy suf­fi­ciency for the next gen­er­a­tion and is also con­fi­dent of trans­for­ma­tional changes in the com­ing 3 years.

Talk­ing about the ru­ral elec­tri­fi­ca­tion pro­gramme, he said his min­istry is con­stantly mon­i­tor­ing the num­ber of vil­lages that are get­ting pow­ered ev­ery day. "Power has to be af­ford­able as well as of qual­ity. We are con­scious of the en­vi­ron­ment, also of the fact that In­dia must not be­come non-com­pet­i­tive in the world econ­omy. We are con­scious of the fact that vil­lage chil­dren who are tal­ented should not forgo op­por­tu­ni­ties due to ab­sence of elec­tric­ity," Goyal said.

High­light­ing Power sec­tor achieve­ments of last year, he said elec­tri­fy­ing 7,108 vil­lages out of 18,452 un-elec­tri­fied vil­lages against the tar­get of 2,800, dis­tri­bu­tion of more than 9 crore LED bulbs by EESL only, thus, con­tribut­ing to 150 per cent growth, ad­di­tion of high­est ever 3,200 mw of wind power ca­pac­ity, have been some bench­marks of the year.

The min­is­ter as­serted that the UDAY scheme launched by the govern­ment will be the ful­crum of the power sec­tor re­forms and re­newal. "By 2019, the power sec­tor will save nearly Rs 1.8 lakh crore an­nu­ally," he said.


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