India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has been criticized by a parliamentary committee for missing out several targets on renewable energy installations and cost overruns.The Ministry has several government funded schemes under its ambit like providing power to India’s unelectrified villages.The Ministry has failed to meet even 50% of its target to provide electricity to villages even as it utilized 90% of the funds for the scheme known Remote Village Electrification (RVE).There also has been a huge shortfall in its target of installing 1400 MW of small hydro power.India has ambitious plans in Renewable Energy setting up a target of 10% from Renewable by 2015 from 6% now.Solar Energy has also received huge support from the government through the flagship JNNUSM scheme.
A parliamentary panel finds ‘glaring disparity’ between targets set and achieved for the 11th Plan period.
While the government is pushing for the use of renewable energy in rural areas to address the twin problems of climate change and scarcity of power, the nodal ministry for carrying out the exercise has not been performing well. In a major indictment of its lacklustre performance, a parliamentary panel has pulled up the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) for failing to meet project targets and stop disparities in utilisation of funds in its rural renewable energy programmes.
LAGGING PACE * MNRE has managed to electrify only 2,300 villages of the targeted 5,000 since March 2007 * The ministry has set up only 534 Mw of small hydro power capacity against the targeted 1,400 Mw for the current Plan period * Under Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana, while the government has so far awarded 573 projects worth over ‘31,700 crore, more than 30 per cent of the target area remains unelectrified * In the VESP scheme, only test projects have been commissioned so far, while the original proposal was to cover 1,000 villages