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'Gujarat Government is determined to build solar parks and develop the State as solar energy hub', said Energy Minister of State Shri Saurabhbhai Patel on the occasion of singing up of MoU between Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), for building up of non-conventional energy power station. State Government is eyeing on non-conventional energy sources to meet the growing demand for electricity, to step up industrial growth and to reduce the production cost of electrical power, he said.

Banaskantha, Kutch and Patan districts are picked out for building of solar energy power stations. The first project will be initiated at Lorwada in Banaskantha district, which will produce 50 MW of electrical power with the investment of 500 crore, added Shri Patel.

As per the MoU, State Government will help NTPC in acquiring land and transition of electricity whereas NTPC will use its technical abilities in building up of the power plant. Besides, both the companies will check for the possibilities of using other non-conventional energy sources in the State for power generation.

Union Energy Minister of State Shri Bharatsinh Solanki said on the occasion that solar power is cost efficient than thermal and hydro power and so being used all over. Central Government has built solar energy plants in Rajasthan, Madhyapradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Gujarat, he said.

Principal Secretary to Energy Department Shri D.J.Pandyan, MD of Gujarat Energy Development Agency Shri R.S.Sharma, Shri V.S.Gadhavi, officers of concerned companies and energy department were present on the occasion.

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Prime Minister participates in the first Outreach Session of G7 Summit
June 12, 2021
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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi participated in the first Outreach Session of the G7 Summit today.  

The session, titled ‘Building Back Stronger - Health’, focused on global recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and on strengthening resilience against future pandemics. 

During the session, Prime Minister expressed appreciation for the support extended by the G7 and other guest countries during the recent wave of COVID infections in India. 

He highlighted India's ‘whole of society’ approach to fight the pandemic, synergising the efforts of all levels of the government, industry and civil society.   

He also explained India’s successful use of open source digital tools for contact tracing and vaccine management, and conveyed India's willingness to share its experience and expertise with other developing countries.

Prime Minister committed India's support for collective endeavours to improve global health governance. He sought the G7's support for the proposal moved at the WTO by India and South Africa, for a TRIPS waiver on COVID related technologies. 

Prime Minister Modi said that today's meeting should send out a message of "One Earth One Health" for the whole world. Calling for global unity, leadership, and solidarity to prevent future pandemics, Prime Minister emphasized the special responsibility of democratic and transparent societies in this regard. 

PM will participate in the final day of the G7 Summit tomorrow and will speak in two Sessions.