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“Gujarat is set to become global hub for renewable energy”

“Just 0.01% of land can produce 10,000 MW of solar energy”

– Narendra Modi

Gandhinagar, Monday: Even as Gujarat has attracted global attention for its proactive energy policies and implementation, Chief Minister Narendra Modi today expressed his resolve to make the state a global hub for renewable energy.

Inaugurating a seminar on non-conventional energy jointly organized by Government of Gujarat, Government of Denmark and Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) at Mahatma Mandir here, he said that a strategic planning for renewable energy could be synonymous with climate justice for the generation next.

The Chief Minister said that just 0.01 per cent of the State’s land can produce 10,000 MW of solar energy. Blessed by sunrays as it is, Gujarat is setting up country’s first 500 MW Solar Park here. There is a huge potential for developing wind power along its 1,600-km coastline. Gujarat has taken up a pilot project to save one-crore litre of water from one MW of solar energy. Gujarat is exploring generating power from solar panels and hydro turbines to be installed on 25-km Narmada Canal. Government of India has accorded Gujarat’s capital at Gandhinagar as a Model Solar City.

He said that it is not enough to produce energy, but also saving and management of energy through effective transmission and distribution systems, being experimented in agriculture and industry.

Mr. Modi said that his book titled ‘Convenient Action’ explains how a simple but effective water management system has brought about a water revolution of sorts in the state, increasing the underground water table in the process.

He said that Gujarat Government has entered into an agreement to buy 1,000 MW of solar power, as 4,500 million units of electricity can be produced from 2225 MW of wind energy, saving 3-million tones of coal and emission of 4.5-million tones of carbon dioxide.

Gujarat Government is the first in the country and fourth in the world to start a separate department of climate change, as well generate energy from biomass and tidal waves.

Describing Gujarat’s cooperation with Denmark in the field of renewable energy as the starting of a success story, the latter’s Ambassador Fredie Swane expressed happiness at Gujarat’s not just planning new projects but also implementing them. When Mr. Swane mentioned Gujarati people as smart and clever, Mr. Modi said that only smart and clever people like smart and clever people.

Mr. Swane said that Gujarat has the potential to be a model for energy efficient technology. Taking a cue from Gujarat’s success, he said that just as there is Planning Commission in Government of India there should be an Implementation Commission, too.

Prominent among those present at the seminar included Minister of State for Energy Saurabh Patel, Principal Secretary Energy J. Pandian, Principal Secretary Industries Maheshwar Sahu and energy experts from Denmark and other places.

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today interacted with Governors of States regarding the Covid-19 situation and ongoing vaccination drive in the country, through video conferencing.

Prime Minister said that in the battle against Covid, along with the vaccines, our values and sense of duty are our biggest strengths. Praising the citizens who participated in this battle last year considering it their duty, he said that the same feeling of Janbhagidari needs to be encouraged now as well. He said that the role of the Governors, through appropriate utilization of their social capacity, thus becomes all the more critical to achieving this. Governors are an important link to ensure better coordination between State Governments and society, he said, adding that the combined power of all community organizations, political parties, NGOs and social institutions needs to be harnessed.

Prime Minister suggested that the Governors can actively engage to ensure that social institutions collaborate seamlessly with the State Governments towards micro containment. He said that their social network can help ensure an increase in the capacity of ambulances, ventilators and oxygen in hospitals. Along with spreading the message about vaccination and treatment, the Governors can also spread awareness about AYUSH related remedies.

Prime Minister noted that our youth, our workforce, is an important part of our economy. Hence, it is important to ensure that our youth follows all Covid related protocols and precautions. He said that the Governors’ role is also critical in ensuring the greater engagement of our students in University campuses towards this Janbhagidari. We also need to focus on better utilization of facilities at University and College campuses, he added. He said that just like last year, NCC and NSS also have a key role to play this year as well. Prime Minister said that the Governors are an important pillar of Janbhagidari in this battle and their coordination with State Governments and guidance to institutions of the State will further strengthen the nation’s resolve.

Discussing the rise in the number of Covid cases, the Prime Minister said that in this stage of the fight against the virus, the country stands to gain from last year’s experience and improved healthcare capacity. He discussed the increase RTPCR testing capacity and noted that the country has become Aatmanirbhar with respect to kits and other material related to testing. All this has led to a reduction in the cost of RTPCR tests also. He added that most of the products related to testing are also available on the GeM portal. Prime Minister emphasized the significance of increasing tracking, tracing and testing, and said that RTPCR testing needs to be increased from 60% to 70%. He said that it is pertinent to ensure that more and more people get tested.

Prime Minister underlined that the government is committed to ensuring adequate availability of vaccines. He highlighted that India has become the fastest nation to reach the landmark of 10 crore vaccinations. Noting the positive impact of Tika Utsav in the last four days, he said that in this period, the vaccination drive was expanded and new vaccination centres also came up.

Interaction

The Vice President of India, Union Home Minister and Union Health Minister also attended the interaction.

The Vice President appreciated the Prime Minister for leading the fight against Covid and his proactive steps to develop the infrastructure required to tackle the pandemic. He also highlighted the scientific community's contribution in giving a vaccine to India and the whole world. He also talked about the contribution of healthcare workers, sanitation workers, and other frontline workers who have played a vital role during the pandemic.

The Vice President called upon the Governors to bring up a coordinated front by leading all-party meetings in their respective states and engaging with civil society organisations to spread awareness about covid-appropriate behaviour. The Vice president said that a 'Team India spirit' cutting across policy lines should be adopted, and in this regard, Governors as the 'Guardians of the State' could guide the State Governments.

Union Home Minister stressed the importance of saving each and every life. Union Health Secretary gave a presentation on Covid cases and vaccination drive. He gave an overview of how India has followed a proactive and pre-emptive approach in this endeavour.

The Governors shared details of how their respective states are tackling the spread of the virus and coordinating activities towards ensuring a smooth implementation of the vaccination drive, while also mentioning the deficiencies of healthcare facilities in the States.

They gave suggestions for further improvement in the efforts and shared plans of how Janbhagidari can be increased through the active social engagement of various groups.