Committee attached to Ministries of Power and New & Renewable Energy met
here yesterday evening under the chairmanship of Union Minister of State
(IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable and Mines, Shri Piyush Goyal . The
committee reviewed the functioning of NHPC Limited and Small Hydro
The Consultative Committee meeting started with a presentation on NHPC
by its Chairman and Managing Director, Shri K.M. Singh. The presentation
outlined the evolution of NHPC since 1975, achievement of Mini Ratna
status in 2008, its listing on NSE and BSE in 2009 and performance of
financial parameters, the challenges ahead and the way forward.
All members congratulated the Government and the Ministry of Power on
the efforts being made on the front of ensuring 24x7 Power for All and
the role played by the net profit making PSU NHPC Ltd in this mission.
Members gave their valuable suggestions to further improve the
efficiency and viability of thermal and solar power projects being set
up by NHPC as a step towards diversification of its portfolio. Some
members suggested that the quality of power distribution infrastructure
needs to be monitored and accountability needs to be fixed on the ground
level so as to prevent corrupt practices and ensure that there is last
mile coverage of beneficiaries.
Responding to the suggestions and queries raised by the Consultative
Committee members, Shri Piyush Goyal directed the officials of the Power
Ministry to make available all the details of funds sanctioned and
disbursed to State Governments and the status of project implementation
to all the Members of the Committee. It would help create accountability
on the part of the States, he added. Shri Goyal assured Hon’ble Members
that their valuable suggestions would be adopted by the Ministry & NHPC.
The second half of the meeting consisted of the Presentation on the
Small Hydro Power (SHP) development programme in India, under the
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). It detailed the measures
taken by the MNRE for SHP development in the country which included
issuing guidelines and manuals for different technology and process
aspects, setting up research labs at AHEC Roorkee, organizing training
programmes and workshops, having close interaction with States and
giving financial incentives. It further elaborated on the State-wise
potential and achievements in SHP development, the challenges observed
therein and the measures required to be adopted to overcome them.
The meeting was attended by Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Shri Jugal Kishore
Sharma, Shri Narayan Bhai Kachhadiya, Shri Satish Chandra Dubey, Shri
Sushil Kumar Singh, Shri Uday Pratap Singh, Shri Rajesh Pandey, Shri
Rajesh Ranjan from Lok Sabha and Shri Lal Singh Vadodia and Shri Mahesh
Poddar from Rajya Sabha.
The Secretary, Power, Shri P.K. Pujari, the Chairman cum Managing
Director & Directors of NHPC, and senior officials of Ministries of
Power and New & Renewable Energy also attended the meeting.