Union Minister for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy, Mr. Piyush Goyal today laid thrust on self sufficiency in the backdrop changing circumstances.
Ïndia will have to plan to become completely self -sufficient and should not be import dependent” he said while addressing the Annual Convention of the Indian Electrical & Electronics Equipment Manufacturers’ Association IEEMA in Mumbai.
Asserting that energy security is an integral part of our national security, Mr. Goyal said we have to walk the twin track of import substitution and export competitiveness. He said, in a globalized era, we must engage with the world, but on our terms.
Ïn today’s world, national security encompasses cyber security, food security, social security and is not merely confined to arms and equipments security. At any critical juncture, if India becomes dependent on a foreign power, the national security would be seriously compromised” he added.
Highlighting the importance of energy security, Mr. Goyal said the government was working on a plan to eliminate coal import for the thermal power plants. “The one billion tonne target of coal production that I announced when I took office was an off the cuff remark for meeting coal shortage then. But now, after two years, we have come to a point where we have surplus coal and we are worried how to sell the surplus”” he said.
Referring to the electrical and electronics equipment sector, the Minister observed that India currently imports US $ 10 billion worth of goods and equipment and import substitution plan alone in this field holds a huge manufacturing potential.
He said “we have to fight the competition on economic terms and the Indian industry should be driven by innovation with an objective of providing cost effective solutions”.
Mr. Goyal said the government has prepared a road map to plan our nation’s future around innovations, new ideas and technologies. “We need to encourage our young engineers and let their creativity come out in the open for a developed tomorrow” he added. ”
IEEMA Urja Navachar Puraskar presented
During the event, Mr.Piyush Goyal honoured Smt. Usha Knawar of Rajasthan by presenting the Urja Navachar Puraskar for eliminating power theft in Silhegarh Panchayat area of her state.
Smt. Kanwar, who assumed responsibilities as Sarpanch of Silhegarh village in January 2015, has single mindedly focused her attention on village sanitation and eliminating power theft.
According to Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd, her village had a power of theft of 39-40% in 2015, with no instances of power thefts being reported now.
MoUs for Skill Development & Training
On this occasion, the IEEMA also signed an MoU with the National Power Training Institute, Power Sector Skill Council, and the Central Board of Irrigation & Power for research, skill development and integrated training for power sector personnel.
Faced with shortage of technically skilled manpower, the power industry in India has been resorting to ad-hoc sourcing and training. The MoUs are aimed at bridging the widening skill gap.