President Kovind calls for energy conservation

RSTV Bureau
President Ram Nath Kovind at the Energy Conservation Day 2017 function in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@rashtrapatibhvn

President Ram Nath Kovind at the Energy Conservation Day 2017 function in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@rashtrapatibhvn

President Ram Nath Kovind called for energy conservation measures while addressing an event in New Delhi on the occasion of National Energy Conservation Day.

Energy availability and efficiency is the backbone of India’s economic growth and development, said the President.

“Our needs will certainly grow. After all, electricity is to the industrial age what water is to agriculture,” he explained.

“It poses not one but several challenges such as access to energy, sustainability of energy sources and efficiency of energy use. All of these are important as the government works towards its commitment to provide ’24X7 Power for All’,” he added.

At the event, the President also launched a web portal on energy conservation in buildings.

While speaking about enhancing energy access, the President called for bringing down the cost of energy for consumers.

Energy that is saved will be used by farmers for irrigation and to preserve fruits and vegetables in cold storages, President Kovind said.

He also said that energy efficiency is relevant to many of the country’s flagship programmes like ‘Make in India’.

Minister for power and new and renewable energy RK Singh was also present at the event.

(With inputs from PTI)