Smt Anandiben Patel, Governor of Madhya Pradesh; Shri Shivraj Singh ji, the popular Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh; my Cabinet colleagues, Shri RK Singh ji, Shri Thawar Chand Gehlot ji, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar ji, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan ji and Shri Prahlad Singh Patel ji; members of the Madhya Pradesh cabinet, MPs and MLAs!
My dear brothers and sisters from all over Madhya Pradesh including Rewa! Today Rewa has really made history. Rewa has been identified with mother Narmada and white tigers. Now Rewa will also be associated with Asia’s largest solar power project. If you watch the aerial video, it seems as if thousands of solar panels are swaying in the fields like crops. It also seems like we are passing over a sea with deep blue water. For this, I congratulate the people of Rewa in particular and the people of Madhya Pradesh in general.
This solar plant of Rewa will help in turning this entire area into a major energy hub in this decade. With this solar plant, not only the people and the industries in Madhya Pradesh will get electricity, but even the metro rail in Delhi will get benefited. Besides, Rewa, similar work on big solar power plants in Shajapur, Neemuch and Chhatarpur are also underway. There is a plan to install a floating solar plant on the Omkareshwar Dam. When all these projects are completed, Madhya Pradesh will definitely become a hub of cheap and clean electricity. The poor and middle class families, farmers and tribal population of Madhya Pradesh will benefit the most.
Friends, Sun worship has a special place in our tradition, culture and our everyday lives. पुनातु मां तत्स वितुर् वरेण्यम् i.e. Let the Sun God, purify us. The same spirit of purity can be felt here today in Rewa everywhere. Today the whole nation can feel this energy of God Sun. It is due to his blessings that we are among the top 5 countries in the world in terms of solar power.
Solar energy is going to be a major source of energy needs not only today but in the 21st century, because solar energy is Sure, Pure and Secure. Sure, because other sources of energy and electricity may exhaust, but the sun will shine forever around the world. It is Pure because it helps to protect rather than pollute the environment. Secure, because it is a great symbol of self-reliance and an inspiration. It also secures our energy needs. As India is moving towards the new peak of development, our hopes and aspirations are increasing. At the same time, our energy and electricity needs are also growing. In such a scenario, self-sufficiency in electricity is very important for a self-reliant India. Solar energy is going to play a very big role in this and we are trying to expand this strength of India.
Economy is an important aspect when we talk about self-reliance and development. Policy makers from all over the world have been in a dilemma for years about whether to choose Economy or Environment. In this context, sometimes decisions are taken in favour of environment while sometimes in favour of the economy. But India has shown that these two are not opponents but allies of each other. Be it Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, or the campaign to provide every family with clean fuel like LPG and PNG, or to build a large network of CNG-based vehicle systems across the country, or efforts for electricity-based transport in the country – such numerous efforts are being made to make the life of ordinary human beings in the country better and environment friendly. For India, economy and environment are not two contrasting entities, but are complementary to each other.
Today you will see that in all the government schemes and programmes, priority is given to environmental protection and Ease of Living. For us, the protection of the environment is not limited to just a few projects, but it is the way of life. When we are launching major projects of renewable energy, we are also making sure that our determination towards clean energy is taken care of in every aspect of life. We are trying to ensure that its benefits reach every corner of the country, every section of society and to every citizen. Let me give you an example.
In the last 6 years, about 36 crore LED bulbs have been distributed in the country. More than 1 crore LED street lights have been installed across the country. It seems very small because when we get a facility, we generally do not talk much about its impact. This type of discussion takes place only when we do not have that thing.
When this small LED bulb was not there, we felt its need, but the price was out of reach. As it was not sold much, there were no manufacturers. So what has changed in 6 years? The price of LED bulbs has dropped by almost 10 times, and several LED bulb manufacturing companies have come into the market. And the brightness that we used to get from 100-200 watt bulbs can now be obtained from 9-10 watt bulbs. With the installation of LEDs in homes and streets, the consumption of electricity is decreasing by about 600 billion units every year and people are also getting good quality brightness. Moreover, the people of the country are saving about 24 thousand crore rupees every year in electricity bills. That is, the LED bulb has reduced the electricity bill. This has another important aspect. About 4.5 crore tonnes of carbon dioxide has been prevented from getting into the environment due to the LED bulbs. That is, it is reducing pollution.
We are constantly working on the idea that electricity reaches everyone, and there is enough electricity for everyone, and that our environment, air, water should also remain clean. This idea is also reflected in our policy and strategy for solar energy. Just imagine! In 2014, the price of solar power used to be Rs 7-8 per unit. Today, the same has been reduced to Rs 2.25 to Rs 2.5 per unit. The entrepreneurs are also benefitting a lot out of this. They are in turn producing employment opportunities for the countrymen. People across the country and all over the world are now discussing how solar power is so cheap in India! The way work towards solar power is being done in India is going to be discussed even further. Due to such big steps, India is being considered as the most attractive market for clean energy. Today, wherever there is a discussion around the world about the transition towards Renewable Energy, India is seen as a model.
In view of this expectation of the world from India, we are engaged in connecting the whole world. ISA i.e. International Solar Alliance is the result of this thinking. This is the spirit behind One World, One Sun and One Grid. It is an attempt to bring together the whole world for better production and use of solar energy so that this huge crisis in front of our earth can be tackled and the electricity needs of the small and poor countries can also be met.
In a way, solar energy has also turned the customers into producers, giving them the control of the power button completely. The participation of the citizens in the rest of the electricity generating media is negligible. But, if we consider solar energy, there is a little space everywhere, whether it is a roof of a house, a roof of an office or a factory, where the citizens can produce the electricity they need. For this, the government is giving huge incentives and is also supporting them. In this campaign of self-sufficiency in power generation, now our farmers i.e. the food producers can also become energy producers.
Our farmer is so capable today, so resourceful that today he is helping the country with not one, but two types of plants. One plant is that of traditional farming by which we all get food. But now our farmers are also installing other types of plants, so that electricity also reaches their homes. The first plant, which is traditional farming, is planted by our farmer on such land which is fertile. But the other type of plant is the solar energy plant, which will also be installed on such lands which are not fertile, or not good in terms of growing crops. That is, the farmer’s land where the crops cannot be grown will also be used. It will also increase the income of the farmer.
Today farmers are being helped to set up such solar plants on surplus land through the KUSUM scheme. Our farmers will not only be able to fulfil their personal needs of electricity through the power generated in the fields but will also be able to sell the surplus power. I am confident that Madhya Pradesh’s farmer friends will also make this massive campaign of adopting this means of additional income and making India a power exporter successful. This belief is more because the farmers of Madhya Pradesh have shown the resolve by turning it into an accomplishment. The work done by you has become a topic for discussion. The way you have set a record of wheat production, leaving others behind, is admirable! The record-breaking production by the farmers of Madhya Pradesh and the record-breaking procurement by the government of MP during these difficult times of corona pandemic is really commendable. Therefore, I have full faith in the power of Madhya Pradesh in terms of power generation as well. It is expected that one day there will also be news of farmers of Madhya Pradesh generating record electricity under the KUSUM scheme.
Brothers and sisters,
We will not be able to fully harness the power of solar energy unless we have better solar panels, better batteries and better quality storage capacity in the country. Now work is going on in this direction at a rapid pace. Under the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’, the country now aims to eliminate its dependence on imports for all equipment including solar panels. The goal is to increase the country’s solar PV module manufacturing capacity at a faster pace. Therefore, several important steps are being taken to promote domestic manufacturing. In India, solar photo voltaic cells and modules have been made mandatory in the pumps being installed under the KUSUM scheme and in the roof-top panels installed in the homes. Besides, it has been ensured that all government departments and other government institutions will buy ‘Make in India’ solar cells or modules. Moreover, companies setting up power plants have been encouraged to manufacture solar PV. Today, I urge the youth, the entrepreneurs associated with this sector, the start-ups, MSMEs to take advantage of this opportunity.
Brothers and sisters, self-reliance is truly possible only when there is confidence in us. Confidence comes only when the whole country, the whole system supports every countryman. This is what India is doing in the midst of the conditions created by the Corona crisis. This is the government that is trying to build confidence. Today, both the resources and the sensibilities of the government are reaching the sections of the society that governments often could not reach. Let us consider the example of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana now. The first step taken immediately after the lockdown, was to deliver free food to more than 80 crore poor Indians and to put some money into their pockets. And when the lockdown was lifted, the government felt that the monsoons are going to arrive. Moreover, the season of festivals is also about to start. We have festivals going on till Diwali and Chhat Puja. And there will be festivals of all sects and religions.
In such a situation the poor should get this kind of a help. Hence, the scheme was continued. Now poor families will continue to get free ration till November. Moreover, the government is also fully contributing to the EPF accounts of lakhs of private sector employees. Similarly, through the PM-Svanidhi scheme, those friends have been included who have the least access to the system. Today, with this scheme, lakhs of vendors and hawkers have started getting cheap loans of up to Rs 10,000. When did we give a thought about these friends who are so important and run their small businesses for us? That is, we took care of MSMEs, cottage industries and big industries on one hand while on the other hand we also thought about these small but useful businesses.
Be it the government or the society, compassion and vigilance are our biggest sources of inspiration to tackle this difficult challenge. Today, when you are coming out of your homes to help Madhya Pradesh and the entire country to progress, always remember one more thing. We always have to follow the rules of ‘do gaz doori’ or social distancing, a mask on the face and washing hands with soap for 20 seconds. Once again, congratulations to Madhya Pradesh for this solar power plant.
Stay alert, stay safe, stay healthy!
Thanks a lot!
आज रीवा ने वाकई इतिहास रच दिया है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 10, 2020
रीवा की पहचान मां नर्मदा के नाम से और सफेद बाघ से रही है।
अब इसमें एशिया के सबसे बड़े सोलर पावर प्रोजेक्ट का नाम भी जुड़ गया है: PM @narendramodi dedicating Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power project to the Nation
इसके लिए मैं रीवा के लोगों को, मध्य प्रदेश के लोगों को, बहुत-बहुत बधाई देता हूं, शुभकामनाएं देता हूं।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 10, 2020
रीवा का ये सोलर प्लांट इस पूरे क्षेत्र को, इस दशक में ऊर्जा का बहुत बड़ा केंद्र बनाने में मदद करेगा: PM @narendramodi
इस सोलर प्लांट से मध्य प्रदेश के लोगों को, यहां के उद्योगों को तो बिजली मिलेगी ही, दिल्ली में मेट्रो रेल तक को इसका लाभ मिलेगा।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 10, 2020
इसके अलावा रीवा की ही तरह शाजापुर, नीमच और छतरपुर में भी बड़े सोलर पावर प्लांट पर काम चल रहा है: PM @narendramodi
ये तमाम प्रोजेक्ट जब तैयार हो जाएंगे, तो मध्य प्रदेश निश्चित रूप से सस्ती और साफ-सुथरी बिजली का HUB बन जाएगा।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 10, 2020
इसका सबसे अधिक लाभ मध्य प्रदेश के गरीब, मध्यम वर्ग के परिवारों को होगा, किसानों को होगा, आदिवासियों को होगा: PM @narendramodi
सौर ऊर्जा आज की ही नहीं बल्कि 21वीं सदी की ऊर्जा ज़रूरतों का एक बड़ा माध्यम होने वाला है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 10, 2020
क्योंकि सौर ऊर्जा, Sure है, Pure है और Secure है: PM @narendramodi
जैसे-जैसे भारत विकास के नए शिखर की तरफ बढ़ रहा है, हमारी आशाएं-आकांक्षाएं बढ़ रही हैं, वैसे-वैसे हमारी ऊर्जा की, बिजली की ज़रूरतें भी बढ़ रही हैं।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 10, 2020
ऐसे में आत्मनिर्भर भारत के लिए बिजली की आत्मनिर्भरता बहुत आवश्यक है: PM @narendramodi
जब हम आत्मनिर्भरता की बात करते हैं, प्रगति की बात करते हैं तो Economy उसका एक अहम पक्ष होता है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 10, 2020
पूरी दुनिया के नीति निर्माता बरसों से दुविधा में है, कि Economy की सोचें या Environment की: PM @narendramodi
आज आप देखेंगे कि सरकार के जितने भी कार्यक्रम हैं, उनमें पर्यावरण सुरक्षा और Ease of Living को प्राथमिकता दी जा रही है। हमारे लिए पर्यावरण की सुरक्षा सिर्फ कुछ प्रोजेक्ट्स तक सीमित नहीं हैं, बल्कि ये Way of Life है: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 10, 2020
जब हम renewable energy के बड़े projects लॉन्च कर रहे हैं, तब हम ये भी सुनिश्चित कर रहे हैं कि साफ-सुथरी ऊर्जा के प्रति हमारा संकल्प जीवन के हर पहलू में दिखे।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 10, 2020
हम कोशिश कर रहे हैं कि इसका लाभ देश के हर कोने, समाज के हर वर्ग, हर नागरिक तक पहुंचे: PM @narendramodi
LED बल्ब से बिजली का बिल कम हुआ है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 10, 2020
इसका एक और महत्वपूर्ण पहलू है।
LED बल्ब से करीब साढ़े 4 करोड़ टन कम कार्बनडाइअकसाइड पर्यावरण में जाने से रुक रही है, यानि प्रदूषण कम हो रहा है: PM @narendramodi
बिजली सबतक पहुंचे, पर्याप्त बिजली पहुंचे। हमारा वातावरण, हमारी हवा, हमारा पानी भी शुद्ध बना रहे, इसी सोच के साथ हम निरंतर काम कर रहे हैं।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 10, 2020
यही सोच सौर ऊर्जा को लेकर हमारी नीति और रणनीति में भी स्पष्ट झलकती है: PM @narendramodi
जिस तरह से भारत में सोलर पावर पर काम हो रहा है, ये चर्चा और बढ़ने वाली है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 10, 2020
ऐसे ही बड़े कदमों के कारण भारत को क्लीन एनर्जी का सबसे Attractive market माना जा रहा है: PM @narendramodi
दुनिया की, मानवता की, भारत से इसी आशा, इसी अपेक्षा को देखते हुए, हम पूरे विश्व को जोड़ने में जुटे हुए हैं।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 10, 2020
इसी सोच का परिणाम आइसा यानि इंटरनेशनल सोलर अलायंस है।
वन वर्ल्ड, वन सन, वन ग्रिड, के पीछे की यही भावना है: PM @narendramodi
एक प्रकार से सौर ऊर्जा ने आम ग्राहक को उत्पादक भी बना दिया है, पूरी तरह से बिजली के बटन पर कंट्रोल दे दिया है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 10, 2020
बिजली पैदा करने वाले बाकी माध्यमों में सामान्य जन की भागीदारी ना के बराबर रहती है: PM @narendramodi
जो पहला प्लांट है, जो पारंपरिक खेती है, वो हमारा किसान ऐसी जमीन पर लगाता है जो उपजाऊ होती है।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 10, 2020
लेकिन ये जो दूसरा सोलर एनर्जी प्लांट है, ये ऐसी जमीन पर भी लगेगा जो उपजाऊ नहीं है, फसल के लिहाज से अच्छी नहीं है: PM @narendramodi
मुझे पूरा विश्वास है कि मध्य प्रदेश के किसान साथी भी अतिरिक्त आय के इस साधन को अपनाने और भारत को Power Exporter बनाने के इस व्यापक अभियान को ज़रूर सफल बनाएंगे।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 10, 2020
ये विश्वास इसलिए अधिक है क्योंकि मध्य प्रदेश के किसानों ने संकल्प को सिद्धि में बदलकर दिखाया है: PM @narendramodi
सोलर पावर की ताकत को हम तब तक पूरी तरह से उपयोग नहीं कर पाएंगे, जब तक हमारे पास देश में ही बेहतर सोलर पैनल, बेहतर बैटरी, उत्तम क्वालिटी की स्टोरेज कैपेसिटी का निर्माण ना हो।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 10, 2020
अब इसी दिशा में तेज़ी से काम चल रहा है: PM @narendramodi
अब गरीब परिवारों को नवंबर तक मुफ्त राशन मिलता रहेगा।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 10, 2020
इतना ही नहीं, निजी क्षेत्र के लाखों कर्मचारियों के EPF खाते में भी सरकार पूरा अंशदान दे रही है।
इसी तरह, पीएम-स्वनिधि योजना के माध्यम से उन साथियों की सुध ली गई, जिनकी सिस्टम तक सबसे कम पहुंच होती है: PM @narendramodi
सरकार हो या समाज, संवेदना और सतर्कता इस मुश्किल चुनौती से निपटने के लिए हमारे सबसे बड़े प्रेरणास्रोत हैं।— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 10, 2020
आज जब आप मध्य प्रदेश को, पूरे देश को आगे बढ़ाने के लिए घर से बाहर निकल रहे हैं, तो अपनी एक और जिम्मेदारी भी हमेशा याद रखिए: PM @narendramodi
दो गज़ की दूरी, चेहरे पर मास्क और हाथ को 20 सेकेंड तक साबुन से धुलना, इन नियमों का हमें हमेशा पालन करना है: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 10, 2020