Digital empowerment: How rapidly India will transform by 2022
Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal replying to queries under RTI said that the PM Modi led government is planning to bring down the cost of smart electricity meters for homes and offices. He also said that the electricity meters which are priced at around Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 will come down to under Rs 1,000.
Goyal expressed confidence that the Modi government would be able to achieve total electrification even before the target of 2022 set by the Prime Minister himself. He asked the Indian citizens to download a Government of India's mobile application to know the cheapest source of electricity available. This, he said, will lower the chances of any state government buying electricity at higher costs.
Goyal further said that under the guidance of Modi, the Ministries of Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy, and Mines have been digitising decisions, progress, and goals in the form of apps, and delivering upon the PM's promise of the 'Right to a Transformed India'.
The minister also expressed that with an aim to double mining contribution to GDP, the government launched TAMRA mobile application and portal to ensure transparent award of statutory clearances for mining operations. Transparency Auction Monitoring and Resource Augmentation (TAMRA) Portal and Mobile Application is developed by the Ministry of Mines. TAMRA was simultaneously launched across 12 mineral rich states, with ministe The government has prepared an ambitious plan to put 280 mines with mineral reserves worth over Rs 10 lakh crore for bidding to increase the share of mining in Indian economy.
To ensure transparency in implementation of rural electrification, the Power Ministry also launched a new app, GARV-II, to provide real time data of all six lakh villages of the country.
He also wrote about the UJALA app which has been instrumental in ensuring the fastest rollout of LED bulbs.