The government is aiming to push electricity for cooking in a big way as it will provide the poor strata of the society a cheaper option for their day to day requirement, move the nation towards self-reliance and make it independent from imports, said RK Singh, the Union Power Minister.
The Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister further added that “electricity is the future of India and most of its infrastructure will be powered by electricity. The Government has envisaged power foundation to be formed at the Ministry’s level and objectives include cooking to completely run on electricity, which will allow our economy to be self-reliant and give us independence from imports. This government is for the poor and this move will help the poor strata of the society by giving them access to cheaper medium of cooking.”
RK Singh rolled out the vision for the government while inaugurating a Service Building at NPGCL, Nabinagar, a Shopping Complex developed by NTPC for the people of Barh and the Main Plant Canteen inside NTPC Barauni for convenience of NTPC employees and associates from New Delhi.
He added that the delivery of various other pro poor measures like PM Awas Yojna and Har Ghar Bijlee, were accelerated during the lockdown by PM Narendra Modi.
The Minister also praised the various initiatives of NTPC that show the power producer’s unflinching commitment to the nation and its economic growth.
“The expansion of NTPC will continue and it will keep setting benchmarks in professionalism, efficiency and being an ideal employer, professionalism and efficiency,” he added.
The Minister also lauded the work done by NTPC for ensuring round the clock power supply during the lockdown. He added that fixed charges for power distribution companies (Discoms) were deferred and a rebate on cost was also given to states by India’s largest power producer during the lockdown period.
During the inauguration function, Gurdeep Singh, CMD, NTPC said, “Under the guidance of R K Singh, NTPC is taking every possible step to shift towards electricity based cooking and we are confident of replicating it across the nation.” He further said “during the lockdown phase, NTPC ensured that not just the employees, but even the contract labourers were paid on time through the professionally managed system of the company along with food, shelter and medical facilities. We also ensured that the country received uninterrupted power supply during the lockdown phase.”
Gurdeep Singh also added that, “NTPC has 3800 MW of project under construction in Bihar and will keep on contributing to the progress of the state.”
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