Union Minister of State
(IC) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy, and Mines, Shri Piyush
Goyal, while presiding over the launch of ‘URJA MITRA App’ and
inauguration of the ‘Rural Feeder Monitoring Scheme’ here today, said
that the Government is engaged in preparing the Nation to truly get 24x7
affordable, quality and uninterrupted adequate power.
Shri Goyal noted that “Power today, comes from information sharing and
not by withholding it. URJA MITRA empowers citizens by real time
information sharing on power supply.” He further added that the app is a
first of its kind application which provides a central platform,
Web-Portal (www.urjamitra.com) as well as Mobile App (iOS version and
android version), for State Power Distribution utilities to disseminate
power outage information to urban/rural power consumers across India
through SMS/email/push notifications. Nevertheless, Shri Goyal directed
the Ministry officials to strive harder and ensure that progressively
the need to send messages for power outages should decline to zero,
thereby ensuring uninterrupted 24x7 power for all.
The Minister also informed that power consumers across the nation would
have prior intimation of expected duration and cause of scheduled power
outages and post fault intimation of unscheduled power outages duration.
Consumer can also view real time power outages in any part of the
country, lodge a complaint on power outages in its area. Complaints can
also be lodged on helpline number 1912. Empowerment of all section of
society has been ensured by providing vernacular mobile apps. Field
staff can trigger power outage and take corrective action on outage
complaints etc, he added.
Commenting on the utility of Urja Mitra App, Shri Goyal said that this
will be the life changing for millions of people in this country. “I
would like to urge all the states to join in this excellent initiative
to be a part of this effort so that anywhere in the country, if there is
a problem of power outage, the people know about it in advance and
present scenario. It will help save many lives in hospitals, help people
better plan their lives like study schedules, daily household chores
etc.”, the minister added.
Speaking on the Rural Feeder Monitoring Scheme, Shri Goyal informed that
the Government has launched ‘Rural Feeder Monitoring Scheme’ to monitor
the quantity and quality parameters of power supply in rural areas of
the country. The entire data shall also be hosted on National Power
Portal (NPP) on real time basis and may be accessed by various stake
holders through web services. The Minister informed that the Government
has set December 2017 as the deadline to achieve 100% rural feeder
monitoring by installing additional meters and modems on all feeders
across the country, in order to facilitate real time communication of
faults appearing in the power supply. Further, these meters would be
geo-tagged to pin point the cause and location of the fault and address
it at the earliest, he added.
Shri Goyal also announced that on 14th April 2017, birth anniversary of
Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar, Uttar Pradesh will be executing ‘Power for
All’ document with the Government of India. Uttar Pradesh will become
the last state to join ‘Power for All’ initiative, he added.
Interacting with the audience, Shri P.K. Pujari, Secretary, Ministry of
Power, said that the app is a milestone and it will bring pressure on
the system to improve itself. It is a proactive Citizen-Government
Connect that will bring in transparency, accountability in the power
supply system in the country. Shri Pujari said that already 8 crore
consumers have joined on the Urja Mitra app which have resulted in their
empowerment. It is expected that all power consumers in the country to
make use of the app and get empowered, he added.
Addressing the gathering, Shri Arun Kumar Verma, Joint Secretary, Power,
said that approximately seventy percent of the population resides in
rural India. In order to ensure quality of life in rural India, it is of
paramount importance to improve the quality and availability of power
supply as it has direct relation with quality of life and socio economic
upliftment of all sections of society. In order to get a complete
picture of the entire power distribution network in rural part of the
country, it is essential to capture real time power supply parameters of
Also present on the occasion were Smt. Shalini Prasad, Additional
Secretary, Power, Shri Ajay Jain, Principal Secretary (Energy),
Government of Andhra Pradesh, Shri R.K. Verma, Chairperson, CEA and
other senior officials of the Ministry and State Power Departments of
Andhra Pradesh and Odisha.