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PM Modi chairs roundtable meeting on renewable energy, with top energy CEOs and experts
India has the makings of becoming the clean energy world capital
India targets to make 175 Gigawatts of renewable energy
PM Modi gives overview of initiatives already undertaken in the area of renewable energy
PM Modi expresses coal gasification as an important area of research

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today chaired a roundtable meeting on renewable energy, with top energy CEOs and experts, in San Jose.

Dr. Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy, United States; and Prof. Steven Chu, former US Secretary of Energy were present at the roundtable meeting.

Top energy CEOs and investors, including Ahmad Chatila, CEO SunEdison; Nikesh Arora, President and COO, Softbank; K.R. Sridhar, CEO, Bloom Energy; Jonathan Wolfson, CEO, Solazyme; John Doerr, Venture Capitalist; and Ira Ehrenpreis of DBL partners were present.

Prof Arun Majumdar, Prof Roger Noll, Dr. Anjani Kochar, and Prof. Sally Benson, all from Stanford University, participated.

Among the views expressed at the roundtable, was a clear assertion that India has the makings of becoming the “clean energy world capital.”

The participants said that clean and renewable energy will soon be an inexpensive energy option, with electricity storage becoming cheaper. Participants were of the view that States and Cities in India should be allowed to take the lead in clean energy initiatives. A related thought was that the current grid is not designed for carrying the 175 GigaWatts (GW) of renewable energy that India is targeting, and therefore a complimentary effort is required on the grid side. Private investment was emphasized as vital for realizing the vision of 175 GW, with a parallel example being given of how Israel had solved its water shortage using private investment.

Experts were of the view that India has to address issues in four key areas – viz. technology integration; finance; regulatory frameworks; and the right talent pool. They also expressed concern at the financial status of power distribution companies (Discoms) in India.

The CEOs present gave a brief overview of the technologies and innovations being used in their companies. In addition to solar and wind energy, biomass was also suggested as a key provider of clean energy.

The Prime Minister thanked the participants for their views, and emphasized India’s commitment to realize the vision of 175 GigaWatts of clean energy. He said there is massive scope of investment in the sector, for example, through the Railways, where 100 percent FDI has been allowed. He said the Government is working to address issues in regulation, and address the financial health of Discoms.

The Prime Minister also gave an overview of initiatives already undertaken in the area of renewable energy, such as Kochi Airport becoming a solar-powered airport, and solar panels being installed over a canal in Gujarat. He said that early next month, a district court in the tribal belt of Jharkhand will become entirely solar-powered. The Prime Minister also mentioned coal gasification as an important area of research. He expressed confidence of a renewable energy revolution over the next decade.

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Prime Minister Modi interacts with BJP Karyakartas from Five Lok Sabha Seats
October 17, 2018
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with Bhartiya Janta Party Booth Karyakartas from five Lok Sabha seats, Hoshangabad, Chatra, Pali, Ghazipur and Mumbai (North).

Answering a question raised by a party Karyakarta from Hoshangabad in Madhya Pradesh about the fake claims and lies propagated by Congress, Prime Minister Modi said that the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh led by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has done so much work all these years that the Congress is left with no issues to criticize our government. This is why they have resorted to mischievous tactics like propagating lies. Prime Minister Modi also listed out several initiatives of the state government to ensure overall development across society and described how the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh had transformed it from a ‘BIMARU’ state to a ‘BEMISAAL’ state.

Moving ahead to address party Karyakartas from Chatra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted how the BJP government in Jharkhand restarted long-pending infrastructure and welfare projects in the state.

Prime Minister Modi also mentioned how the ‘Statue of Unity’ will spread Sardar Patel’s vision and his contribution to India’s unity to the future generations of our country. PM Modi vehemently criticized the shallowness and disrespect demonstrated by Opposition parties about the ‘State of Unity’ and said how such actions showed the Congress’ utter ignorance about the contribution of our freedom fighters. He recalled a long list of freedom fighters like Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Acharya Kriplani and Dr BR Ambedkar, who were neglected and disrespected by the Congress and its allies.

Addressing a question asked by a booth Karyakarta from North Mumbai, PM Modi listed out various transformative schemes of the Central government such as Start Up India, Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan and the recently launched Ayushman Bharat and described the positive impacts that these schemes have made on the lives of millions of ordinary Indians by empowering them at various levels. He further elaborated saying all these achievements were less the achievements of the government and more the achievements of the 130 crore people of India and their aspirations.

In his video interaction with party workers from Pali, Rajasthan, Prime Minister Modi described several achievements that India has achieved for the first time during his government. Of these, the significant ones include 5 lakh villages of India declaring themselves Open Defecation-Free (ODF), No Indian village is without electricity, India launched 104 satellites in outer space in one go and several other instances that never happened before in India.

The interaction which was organized through video conferencing facility on the NaMo App, concluded at Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh where a party Karyakarta sought the Prime Minister’s guidance on the future course of Bhartiya Janta Party for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections. To this, PM Modi replied that the BJP had achieved the most through the efforts of its hard working and devoted Karyakartas and its strong organization.

Remembering Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ji, PM Narendra Modi said that the BJP, which had only two seats in 1984, reached a milestone of 282 seats in 2014. For this, he credited the hardworking and devoted BJP Karyakartas across the country.

PM Modi ended his interaction by greeting everyone for the upcoming festival of Vijay Dashami.