“Country on path to achieve 100% household electrification by 31 March, 2019 and our next goal is 24*7 power for all households” said RK Singh,Union Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy. He congratulated States for electrifying 2.5 crore households under Saubhagya in a record time of 17 months.
He was addressing the inaugural session of the Conference of Power and Renewable Energy Ministers of States and UTs at Gurugram today. The two-day Conference will review the implementation of various ongoing Schemes/ Programmes& deliberate on a host of issues pertaining to Power and Renewable Energy sectors.
Power Minister also felicitated State Power Departments and DISCOMs for their achievements under Saubhagya. Laying the roadmap for achieving 24*7 power for all, Shri Singh said that this will be done by strengthening the distribution network, improving the DISCOMs health, reducing the transmission & distribution losses, using technology to improve billing and collection efficiency and energy efficiency.
Agriculture sector has been exempted from supplying 24*7 supply as it may lead to waterwastage and over exploitation of our already stressed ground water resources.
During the inaugural R K Singh also launched Energy Efficiency Label for Residential Sector in India.Developed by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), this under the aegis of Ministry of Power Energy efficiency label programme, for Residential Buildings will provide the information to consumers on the energy efficiency programme standard of the Homes to be constructed across India.