“India Lived upto the Expectations at Cop21”- Shri Piyush Goyal World Leadership Dialogue Held

“India Lived upto the Expectations at Cop21”- Shri Piyush Goyal World Leadership Dialogue Held 
Union Minister for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal said that the whole world was looking at India at COP21 at Paris and we lived up to the expectations. India provided leadership not only to protect the interests of the developing countries and less developed countries, but also to balance the deep concerns of the future generations with climate justice, equity and fairness for all. Shri Goyal was speaking at World Leadership Dialogue held at Pune. He said that the world witnessed true leadership at the culmination of COP21 in Paris where 196 countries with different ideas and viewpoints assembled to tackle the most difficult problem facing our planet – climate change and global warming - and converge with an agreement, document and path forward for humanity. 1,600 points of dissent reduced to 0 in 10 days. 

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Piyush Goyal said that leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai several concepts of leadership form Shri Bhagwat Gita and drew strength and inspiration. The Minister thanked Shri Swami Chinmayanand ji for providing leadership to the entire Hindu community when it was divided & suffering from social evils. He said that as the founding member of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Swami ji brought together different schools of thought of Hinduism on one stage. He said Swami ji’s objective was to create a unified society working for the benefit of mankind. Swami ji's was a Karma Yogi and his mission and his work always be important to India and will provide leadership in creating leaders of tomorrow. He wished great success to centenary celebrations of Shri Swami Chinmayanand ji and was confident that it will be celebrated all over. 
Ministry of Power announces winners of National Energy Conservation Awards and National Energy Conservation Painting Competition 2015 
Over 1.00 Crore school children from all over the country participated in the National Level  Painting Competition on Energy Conservation

Shri Piyush Goyal to Inaugurate National Conservation Day Celebrations  & to Launch Mobile App for Star Labelled Appliances

On the occasion of National Energy Conservation Day, tomorrow ,14th December2015, the Ministry of Power and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) will felicitate school students from across the nation for the National Painting Competition and will also felicitate companies who have been the best energy performer in various sectors. Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy Shri Piyush Goyal, will inaugurate the National Energy Conservation Day and facilitate the winners.

Awards will also be presented to industries, commercial buildings, railways, establishments Financial Institutions, ESCOs and DISCOMs to recognise their efforts towards adoption of energy efficient technologies and practices in their units.

This year more than 1.00 Crore students from schools all over the country participated in the school painting competition, which is 66% higher than the last year‘s participation of 60.00 lakhs. Shri Piyush Goyal will view the paintings of the children who participated in the national level painting competition.

Shri Goyal will also interact with the school students from different states through video conferencing and take inspiring ideas from them on how to conserve energy in an effective way. Through video conferencing he will also highlight few tips on energy savings for homes and schools and will take commitment from the students to ensure that they help in conserving energy at home and school.

In addition to the painting competition prize, Shri Piyush Goyal will also present 2 Top rank award of Excellence, 41 units for first prizes, and 42 units for second prizes to the National Energy Conservation Award winners who are the best energy performers in different sectors.

The participating units of 2015 Awards programme have collectively invested Rs. 2384 Crores in energy conservation measures and achieved an annual monetary savings of Rs. 2928 Crores, implying a short payback period of 11 Months only; once again proving the fact that Energy Conservation is a least cost option when compared to all energy supply options. The participating units have also saved 2598 Million kWh of electrical energy, which is equivalent to the energy generated from a 423 MW Thermal Power Station.

On this occasion, The Minister will also launch the Mobile App for Star Labelled Appliances. The Mobile application will allow consumers to instantly compare personalized energy savings across all products of a specific class and thus enable them to choose more efficient products available in the market.

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency has been entrusted to take lead on all energy efficient activities ranging from appliances, buildings to energy intensive industries and Demand Side Management (DSM) programmes for DISCOMs, Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and agriculture. These initiatives are also an integral part of the action plans of the government for providing ”Power for all” whereby each household will have access to quality and reliable electricity round the clock.

India has recently communicated its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to United Nations Framework For Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and declared that the nation aims for pursuing a climate friendly and cleaner path of economic development and thereby intends to reduce the emission intensity of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 33 to 35 percent by 2030 from 2005 level.


Gujarat Becomes Tenth State to Join UDAY Scheme ; 

Confident of All States Joining UDAY for Together Creating Ujwal Bharat says Shri Piyush Goyal 

With number of States joining the UDAY Scheme (Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana) reaching the double digit , Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy has  said in his tweet “ We are progressing towards realizing the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of 24x7 .”

With Gujarat Government communicating its in-principle to Ministry of Power (MoP) of joining UDAY , Shri Goyal congratulated Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat Smt Anandiben Patel on Gujarat becoming 10th State to join UDAY .  Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Jammu & Kashmir , Jharkhand , Punjab and Rajasthan have already joined UDAY Scheme.

Expressing confident of more States joining the UDAY, Shri Goyal further said in his tweet “ All States have expressed strong interest for joining UDAY and are at various stages of getting internal approvals. We remain confident of all States joining UDAY and together creating an Ujwal Bharat .”

In his series of tweets  , Shri Goyal said


The Scheme – UDAY (Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana) has been launched to improve financial and operational efficiencies of power distribution companies (DISCOMs). It envisages to reduce interest burden, cost of power and AT&C losses. Consequently, DISCOM would become sustainable to supply adequate and reliable power enabling 24x7 power supply. The scheme provides that States would take over 75% debt of Discoms, as on 30th September, 2015 in two years.

UDAY has inbuilt incentives encouraging State Governments to voluntarily restructure their debts. These incentives include taking over of DISCOM debt by the States outside the fiscal deficit limits; reduction in the cost of power through various measures such as coal linkage rationalization, liberal coal swaps, coal price rationalization, correction in coal grade slippage, allocation of coal linkages at notified prices; priority/additional funding through schemes of MoP & MNRE; and, reduction in interest burden. UDAY is different from earlier restructuring schemes in several ways including flexibility of keeping debt taken over outside fiscal deficit limit, reduction in cost of power and a series of time bound interventions for improving operational efficiency. UDAY provides for measures that will reduce the cost of power generation, which would ultimately benefit consumers. 

Victory Parade in Fazilka to Honour ‘Saviours of Fazilka’ 
A Victory Parade was organised at Fazilka Town in Punjab today to commemorate the supreme sacrifice made by soldiers of the Indian Army during Indo Pak War of 1971 to save the town from falling into Pakistani hands. Victory Parade was conceived by the prominent citizens of Fazilka and spear headed by District Administration. The Parade was led by Army Bands followed by school and college students performing cultural programmes along the entire route. Veteran soldiers dressed in their full ceremonials were also part of the Parade. The day started with paying of homage to the martyrs at Asafwala War Memorial followed by the Victory Parade.

During the event, Veer Naris and War Veterans were felicitated by Maj Gen Bipin Bakshi, GOC, Amogh Division along with ‘Saheedon ki Samadhi’ Trust Members . 

Shri Rajnath Singh presents Padma Vibhushan award to veteran actor Shri Dilip Kumar 
Padma Vibhushan award for Shri Mohammad Yusuf Khan or Dilip Kumar was announced on the Republic Day of 2015 for his exceptional and distinguished service.

Shri Dilip Kumar was to receive the Padma Vibhushan at a ceremonial function at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on April 8, 2015 in New Delhi, but he could not attend the ceremony due to his ill health.

The Union Minister Shri Rajnath Singh today delivered the Padma Vibhushan to Shri Dilip Kumar at his residence at Pali Hill in Mumbai.

The Governor of Maharashtra, Shri C Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Fadnavis were present. 

Regional Conference for Southern and Western Regions on “Fostering ‘Gati’ (Governance through Accountability, Transparency and Innovation) through Excellence in Governance” begins in Bengaluru tomorrow 
The Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri Siddaramaiah will inaugurate a two-day Regional Conference on “Fostering ‘Gati’ (Governance through Accountability, Transparency and Innovation] through Excellence in Governance” for the States and Union Territories in the Southern and Western Regions of the country in Bengaluru tomorrow. The two-day Conference is being organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Government of India in collaboration with the Government of Karnataka.

The Conference aims to create a national platform to share experiences of the States in the field of reforms/initiatives undertaken by the Departments of Administrative Reforms in the States/Union Territories to improve public service delivery, make the administration effective, transparent, accountable and citizen-friendly.

After the inaugural session, there will be presentations on: M-Governance, Aadhaar-based Citizen Service Delivery; Application of Big Data Analytics for Efficient Governance; Financial Inclusion through Use of IT and Mobility followed by panel discussion and Use of IT in Public Transport. There will also be a Panel Discussion on Disruptions in Public Service Delivery with focus on Public Transport where Start-ups like Uber and Ola shall be invited.

On the second day of the conference, there will be presentations by some of the participating States and Union Territories. A presentation organised by NASSCOM will have ‘Startup Showcase’ where young start-ups working in the field of electronics service delivery will give presentation.

The Chief Secretary of Karnataka, Shri Kaushik Mukherjee, the Secretary, DARPG, Shri Devendra Chaudhry, the Additional Secretary, DARPG, Smt. Usha Sharma and other senior officers from the Central Government and State/UT Governments will attend the conference. 

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