Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday inaugurated a solar-powerecd unit in Jharkhand’s Khunti and launched a loan scheme for small entrepreneur in Dumka, under which people can take loans up to Rs 10 lakh to start business.
Inaugurating the rooftop solar-powered plant for Khunti court and district collectorate, which is the first in any court in India, Modi said: “India would generate 175gigawatt (175,000 MW) of renewable energy by its 75th year of independence in 2022.”
“Until now, we have been talking about power generation in megawatts only. But, this is for the first time that the country dreamt of generating power in gigawatt.”
The Prime Minister said that like solar energy, the country also needs to focus on energy conservation. “We can’t use up all our resources, we must think about the future,” he said as he exhorted the public to use LED bulbs to reduce their power bills.
Modi said that the airport at Kochi in Kerala became the first such facility in the country to run on solar energy while the last railway station on the Vaishno Devi route, too, runs on this source of renewable energy.
Referring to the recent discussions held at the United Nations general assembly, where member-countries had expressed concern about environment degradation, the Prime Minister said India is not to be blamed for the “sin” but even so will contribute towards containing it.
“We are not part of this sin. Our ancestors never taught us to pollute the environment. India will fully contribute to create a pollution-free environment,” he said.
Later in the day, launching the Mudra (Micro Units Development and Refinance Agency) scheme in Dumka, Modi said “the loan yojana is one step forward to accelerate development in the country”.
“The Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana was launched in April to help small entrepreneurs and until now, 42 lakh people have taken benefits under the scheme and loans of Rs.26, 000 crore have been give,” he said.
“Of these 42 lakh people, 20 lakh are women. This is the best example of empowerment of women, who will become a part of the development.”
Addressing a rally at the Dumka airport ground, Modi said that Jharkhand has jumped from the 29th position to 3rd position as a developing state in the country. “Even the World Bank has appreciated the developmental skill of the people of Jharkhand...I congratulate the chief minister, his cabinet colleagues, officials and the people of the state for it,” he said.
Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das, who also addressed the rally, said that more than 1.14 lakh people have been given loans under the Mudra scheme.
Congratulating people who have given up subsidy on cooking gas cylinders, he said: “When I had appealed to people to give up their subsidy on LPG cylinder for below poverty line families, I was scared… until now, we have given LPG cylinders to 18 lakh poor people. On my appeal, more than 31 lakh people have given up LPG cylinder subsidies.”
Modi also launched the renovation of a series of Maluti temples in Dumka district of Jharkhand. “By renovation and conservation of the Maluti temples, tourism will be developed in the Santhal region that will generate jobs for the youth,” he said.