The Lok Sabha on Thursday witnessed noisy scenes over the power situation in the country, with Congress party alleging that the government’s promise of connecting every home with electricity was a tall claim. Responding to the charges, Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal instead shifted blame on the Congress-ruled UPA’s tenure for the shortfall in power.
Raising the issue during Question Hour, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia alleged that 7 crore households did not have electricity, but the government was making “tall claims” of connecting every home with power.
Refuting Scindia’s allegation, Piyush Goyal said the Congress leader himself has exposed the “performance” of the Congress, which was in power for 50 years since country’s independence.
He said the NDA government has improved the power situation to a great extent as it was in bad shape during the previous UPA dispensation when Scindia himself was the Power Minister. He said enough power was being generated in the country and it can now fulfil demands up to 50 per cent more than the current requirement.
As the two leaders were locked in a heated exchange, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan intervened asking both of them remain calm.
Goyal also said that all homes across the country will get power as per their requirement by 2022 and all households in Uttar Pradesh will have electricity connection by 2019.
“In Uttar Pradesh, all homes will be given electricity connection by 2019. Efforts are also on to provide 24-hour power to all households in Uttar Pradesh,” he said.
He said all power plants in the country have at least 20 days stock of coal and were generating enough power. The states are given power as per their requirement.
The Power Finance Corporation Ltd has sanctioned an amount of Rs 1,61,250 crore as financial assistance to state power utilities for strengthening of infrastructure during the last three years and the current year, the minister told the lower house of Parliament.
(With inputs from PTI)