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To yield solar energy, state soon to get new power policy

india Updated: Aug 20, 2013 18:45 IST
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With a view to harness solar energy in the state, the government would soon come out with a new power policy. Besides, possibilities of more hydro power and other non-conventional power resources are also being explored in the state.

This was stated by chief minister Virbhadra Singh while addressing a gathering on the occasion of 'Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Divas' to mark the 69th birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi here on Tuesday.

Singh also flagged off a schoolchildren rally from his official residence “Oak Over” to mark the occasion.

He said the birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi was being celebrated as “Akshay Urja Divas” throughout the country.

“This day has a special significance as common people are educated about renewable energy resources through different mediums, besides encouraging them to ensure their maximum use,” he said.

HIMURJA with the support of the union ministry of new and renewable energy organised various functions to create awareness about the use of eco-friendly renewal energy, he said.

Giving a clarion call to adopt energy saver measures, he said energy should be preserved so that it could be utilised in the development of the state and the country.

“The youth should take lead in creating awareness among the masses about the renewable resources, which are environment friendly and sources of cheap power,” he added.

Meanwhile, Singh paid floral tributes to Rajiv Gandhi at Sadbhawna Chowk at Chhota Shimla.

He was accompanied by irrigation and public health minister Vidya Stokes, agriculture minister Sujan Singh Pathania, urban development minister Sudhir Sharma and state Congress president Sukhvinder Singh Thakur.