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Energy conservation a priority, says PM

The PM told a delegation of Greenpeace India that energy efficiency was a national priority and steps like phasing out of incandescent bulbs would be considered, reports Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: Apr 13, 2007 23:15 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday told a delegation of Greenpeace India that energy efficiency was a national priority and steps like phasing out of incandescent bulbs would be considered. The NGO has been demanding phasing out of incandescent bulbs to improve energy efficiency.

A Greenpeace delegation led by its executive director G Ananthpadmanabhan met the PM and presented him the report – Energy (R)evolution: A sustainable energy outlook for India. Greenpeace also claimed that the PM said that he was concerned about climatic change and was looking for the solution and emphasised on the need to phase out technology, which is unviable in the present energy scenario. Minister of State for PMO Prithviraj Chavan was also present at the meeting.

Another delegation led by Greenpeace Climate and Energy Campaigner K Srinivas met Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and demanded that the NCT government take initiative to ban light bulbs. "Dikshit is clearly supportive of the demand and told us that her government will actively consider banning the bulb," Srinivas said.