• UP’s energy deficit has reduced on increased power supply:Govt

    Uttar Pradesh, where the power situation is “serious”, witnessed a steep decline in energy deficit as more electricity was supplied to the state from central generating stations, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said today.

    Around 6,544 million units of additional power was supplied to Uttar Pradesh in 2015-16. As a result, the state’s energy deficit came down from 15.6 per cent to 3.2 per cent, Goyal told the Lok Sabha during Question Hour.

    The Power Minister said this has happened in one year as electricity supply was increased about 20 per cent to the state from central generating stations.

    When a member asked why in certain places the name Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana is not displayed, Goyal said despite directions it has not been done.

    After coming to power, the NDA government renamed the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana as Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana.

    In a written reply, Goyal said the government has specified norms and standards for reduction in specific energy consumption for energy intensive sectors.

    Under the Perform, Achieve and Trade (PAT), 478 industries from eight sectors were given targets to reduce their specific energy consumption in the first cycle, which was from 2012-13 to 2014-15.

    “The cumulative target for energy saving for the first cycle was 6.68 million tonnes of oil equivalent (MTOE) to be achieved by the end of 2014-15, against which energy saving of 8.67 MTOE have been achieved which is about 30 per cent more than the target,” Goyal said. Alejandro Villanueva Authentic Jersey

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