Baroness Sandip Verma, energy and climate change minister, UK, has pledged technical support to Punjab to achieve its target of harnessing 2,250-MW power through renewable sources of energy by 2022. This assurance was given by her while calling on Punjab non-conventional energy minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Tuesday.
She pointed out that that increased use of non-renewable resources such as fossil fuels and minerals and excessive use of replenishable sources such as water and forests were severely affecting economic growth and development. She said that keeping in view Punjab's major contribution in ensuring food security, the UK was committed to cooperate with it in preserving its natural resources along with sharing good practices.
Earlier, Majithia informed Verma that despite just 2% of the country's geographical area, Punjab was contributing a large portion to India's food kitty.
He said the state government would introduce climate change as a compulsory subject in schools and colleges to create awareness among students of an eco-friendly approach to life.
The UK minister was accompanied by British deputy high commissioner in India David Lelliot and first secretary, climate change, British High Commission, Rachel Brass.