|Information And Public Awareness
|9.1 The Information and Public Awareness (I&PA)
Programme aims at creating mass awareness
about New & Renewable Sources of Energy
(NRSE), its various systems & devices about their
need, benefi ts and uses in the country. Under
this Programme, information on technological
developments and promotional activities
taking place in the area of renewable energy
is disseminated through various media. The
Programme is implemented through a pragmatic
use of existing Government channels i.e. State
Nodal Agencies (SNAs), Directorate of Advertising
& Visual Publicity (DAVP), Doordarshan, All
India Radio (AIR) and Department of Posts, etc.
Besides, a variety of media like Print, Electronic
and Outdoor publicity through exhibitions,
bus panels, hoardings, kiosks etc. are used for
popularization of NRSE systems and devices. The
main objectives of the I&PA Programme are:
- To popularize and create awareness about
new and renewable energy systems and
devices highlighting their benefi ts.
- To create mass awareness about technological
developments and promotional activities
taking place in Renewable Energy Sector
from time to time in the country, especially
with focus on rural areas;
- To make people aware about the availability
of NRSE systems & devices, their proper use,
repair and maintenance facilities, etc.
- To expand and promote the market for NRSE
systems & devices; and
- To raise awareness about NRSE amongst
students, teachers, scientists and public
at large through publicity using electronic,
print and other media.
|9.2 Wide publicity was done throughout the
country by using electronic media for Radio
sponsored programmes, Quiz programmes,
Radio spots/jingles and video fi lms on various RE
technologies and programmes.
|Quiz on Renewable Energy
9.3 The Ministry organized a Renewable
Energy Quiz in four vernacular languages namely
Bengali, Kannada, Marathi and Tamil. About 200
vernacular medium schools from the four States
of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and West
Bengal participated in the Quiz. Six best teams
of two students each were selected for two
semifi nals. Out of these, three teams took part
in the fi nal. The winning team, the fi rst runner up
and the second runner up teams were awarded
prize of Rs.25,000/-, Rs.15,000/- and Rs.10,000
respectively. In addition, all the semifi nalists were
given solar lanterns and literature on renewable
energy. All the six schools of the State whose
students came for the semifi nals were given Solar
Energy educational kits. The semifi nals and fi nal
of Renewable Energy quiz in Kannada, Marathi,
Tamil and Bengali were telecast from Regional
Doordarshan stations of the respective State in
9.4 The Ministry organized a National Renewable
Energy Quiz in Hindi cum English language. About
930 schools from north, south, east, west and
northeast regions of the country participated
in the quiz. Based on the score obtained in the
Regional Level examination, best eight students
qualifi ed for Regional Level Final. These eight
students, on lots basis, formed four Teams. The
winning team from each region qualifi ed for
the Grand Final. Regional Level Final and the
Grand Final were telecast on Doordarshan in
9.5 Two Radio Sponsored Programme on
Renewable Energy titled “Nayee Dishayen Nayee
Aashayen” and “Roshan Rahe Zamana”, comprising
42 episodes, have been produced and 47 episodes
broadcast, including repeat broadcast of fi ve
episodes, through DAVP, on 40 CBS Channels,
188 PC/LRS stations of AIR and 22 FM Stations
in 17 regional languages including Hindi. The
Programmes cover all functions entrusted to the
Ministry, with particular emphasis on Renewable
Energy based systems and devices available in the
market and highlight the subsidies and incentives
provided by the Ministry.
9.6 Five radio spots and fi ve radio jingles on
solar cooker, biogas, solar photovoltaic lighting,
solar water heating systems and total renewable
energy have been produced through DAVP and
|Production/Updating of Films
9.7 A fi lm was produced on Renewable Energy
song titled “Akshay Urja Theme Song”, written by
Shri Javed Akhtar and sung by Shankar Mahadevan
and Sunidhi Chauhan. Hon’ble President of India
released the fi lm on December 17, 2008 at Vigyan
Bhavan, New Delhi on the occasion of All India
Conference of Districts Advisory Committees for
Renewable Energy. A panoramic fi lm produced on
the Ministry’s activities was also screened during
9.8 Eight short fi lms on solar cooker, biogas, solar
photovoltaic lighting, solar water heating systems,
small hydro power, rural village electrifi cation,
energy from industrial waste and bio-fuels as
well as a documentary fi lm on various aspects of
renewable energy are under advanced stage of
production through DAVP.
9.9 Financial support was provided to State
Nodal Agencies for production and telecast of
video spots/radio spots, video fi lms in their
respective regional languages.
|Publicity through Print Media
9.10 The Ministry continued releasing
advertisements in national and regional
newspapers, apart from publication of newsletters,
pamphlets, booklets, reports etc. on Renewable
Energy Programmes and System & Devices on
important occasions such as Rajiv Gandhi Akshay
Urja Diwas, and All India Conference of Districts
Advisory Committees for Renewable Energy. The
publicity campaign for promoting use of solar
water heating systems and solar lantern was
continued in English, Hindi and regional languages
9.11 Advertisement on Solar Water Heater
was released in DAVP four empanelled women’s
magazines for a period of four months.
9.12 During the year, six issues of Ministry’s bimonthly
newsletter titled “Akshay Urja” were
published both in English and Hindi, with a focus
on national/international renewable energy
developments, technological developments,
manufacturer’s details, renewable energy education
etc. 20,000 copies of each issue of the newsletter
were distributed among various stakeholders.
9.13 Three issues of the quarterly newsletter
on renewable energy titled “Resource”, meant
especially for school children among others, was
continued through Winrock International India,
New Delhi during the year.
|Booklets, Folders & Pamphlets
9.14 The set of 12 booklets on different types
of renewable energy systems & devices namely
“Biogas”, “Biomass”, “Solar Heat”, “Solar
Electricity”, “Energy Recovery from Wastes”,
“Wind Energy”, “Small Hydro Power”, “Hydrogen
Energy”,” Solar Energy Center”, “Center for Wind
Energy Technology”, “ and “Indian Renewable
Energy Development Agency Ltd” was updated
and reprinted in English & Hindi separately. Two
booklets namely “Energy Savings in Homes” and
“Energy Effi cient Solar Homes/Buildings” were
reprinted in English.
9.15 A folder in English and Hindi was published
on Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas and distributed
among school children participating in the
National function at Panchkula, Haryana. Another
folder on “Harnessing Renewable Energy in India”
was brought out in Hindi and English and 50,000
copies in each language were distributed during
India International Trade Fair – 2008, at Pragati
Maidan, New Delhi
9.16 The Ministry provided fi nancial support for 243
district/State-level exhibitions in different States/
UTs of the country. NRSE systems and devices,
working models and translites were displayed in
Hindi, English and regional languages. In addition,
more than 100 exhibitions were organized through
Mobile Exhibition Vans throughout the country. A
State-wise list of exhibitions supported by the
Ministry during the year is given in Table 9.1.
9.17 Financial support was provided to 15
States to take up publicity activities through
advertisements, orientation camps and outdoor
publicity such as hoardings, bus back panels,
kiosks, wall paintings and Bus ‘Q’ shelters in their
Publicity Campaign on Delhi Metro Rail
9.18 Promotional advertisement to popularize
use of Solar Water Heaters were put on backlit
panels at 51 stations of Delhi Metro Rail on
Indraprastha – Dwarka route and Kanhaiya
Nagar – Rithala route for a period of four
Renewable Energy Expo 2008
9.19 The Ministry participated in Renewable
Energy Expo 2008 in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
India International Trade Fair-2008
9.20 An attractive pavilion on Renewable energy,
covering an indoor area of 500 square meters
and outdoor area of 300 square meters was set
up at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi during India
International Trade Fair, 2008 from 14th to 27th
November 2008. Most State Nodal Agencies and
many manufacturers participated by setting
up stalls, displaying various renewable energy
systems and devices such as solar cookers, solar
water heaters, solar lanterns, solar invertors, solar
water pumps, solar garden lights, solar torches,
solar street and home lighting.
9.21 The Ministry also participated in Energy
Tech -2008 and Enviro Tech-2008 held at Pragati
Maidan, New Delhi in December 2008 and was
awarded fi rst prize in the Government category.
|District Advisory Committees (DACs)
|9.22 Ministry continued to provide fi nancial
support to District Advisory Committees that
have been set up in every district with the
Collector as Chairman, the Chief Executive Offi cer,
DRDA/CEO, Zila Parishad as Member-Secretary,
District Offi cials dealing with Forests, Industry,
Agriculture, Information Technology and Health,
Lead Bank Manager, Doctors, Engineers, Lawyer,
representatives of Members of Parliament, Lion/
Rotary Clubs and NGOs as members, of which at
least 6 are to be women. To date, 560 DACs have
been set up in the country (Table 9.2). The Ministry
is receiving valuable suggestions from DACs.
|National Conference of Districts Advisory
Committees for Renewable Energy
|9.23 Hon’ble President of India inaugurated
the National Conference of Districts Advisory
Committees for Renewable Energy organized by
the Ministry at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on 17
December 2008. Members of DACs from States and
Union Territories participated in the Conference
and shared their experiences.
|Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas (RGAUD)
9.24 Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas 2008 (RGAUD
2008) was observed all over the country on 20
August 2008. The National Function was held at
Panchkula, Haryana where the Minister for New
and Renewable Energy was the Chief Guest.
Minister of Haryana presided over the function
while Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty
Alleviation, Government of India and Deputy Chief
Minister of Haryana were the guests of honour.
Renewable Energy pledge was administered by the
Chief Minister of Haryana to over 18,000 school
children and students who came from three cities
of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula. The other
events at the national function included Akshay
Urja half-marathon (21 kms.), Renewable Energy
Rally, Rally of battery-operated vehicles and a
Sky diving show by paratroopers with message on
Renewable Energy. An exhibition on Renewable
Energy was also organized in which over 30
manufacturers of Renewable Energy based systems
& devices from all over the country participated
to display and demonstrate their systems and
devices. Painting and Slogan writing competitions
in schools, on the theme of Renewable Energy,
were also organized on the occasion.
|9.25 The State level function of Delhi on the
occasion of Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Diwas-2008
was held at National Bal Bhawan, New Delhi. Over
3,000 school children from large number of schools
and hundreds of college students participated in
the event. Chief Minister of Delhi, Minister for
New and Renewable Energy, Government of India
and Director General, TERI graced the occasion.
State level functions were also held in other States
and Union Territories throughout the country. The
‘Special Day’ was observed in districts all over the
country with active participation of large number
of school children. Renewable Energy pledge was
administered to the participants. School level
competitions were conducted for banner painting,
slogan writing and scientifi c model making on
Renewable Energy from 14th August to 19th August
2008. Skit competition and debates on Renewable
Energy were organized at college level to generate
awareness about need, usefulness and benefi ts of
Renewable Energy in our daily lives.
|Renewable Energy Clubs
|9.26 The Ministry continued to provide fi nancial
assistance of Rs. 25,000 per annum for setting
up of Renewable Energy Clubs (REC) in AICTE
recognized/ approved Engineering Colleges/
Technology Institutions all over the country. State
wise details of 589 RECs set up so far are given in
|Renewable Energy Parks
9.27 The Renewable Energy Park Scheme under
the Special Area Demonstration Programme was
continued during the year for creating awareness,
publicity and provide an opportunity to the
students / teachers and rural and urban masses
about the use and benefi ts of the renewable
energy by demonstrating these systems and
devices by through working systems, cut models,
L E D models, blow ups etc. Two types of Renewable
Energy Parks are being supported under this
scheme namely District Level Renewable Energy
Parks(DLEP) and State Level Renewable Energy
Parks(SLEP). DLEPs are set up at Educational
Institutions, Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Registered
Consumer Forums, registered NGOs with facilities
for Science and Environment Education and public
places where there is large infl ow of public. SLEP
is set up in a State at a location where large fl ow
of people and tourists takes place every day.
9.28 The maximum cost of a District level Energy
Park is limited to Rs.10 lakh and is shared on a
75:25 basis for the fi rst park and on a 50:50 basis
for the second park in the same district, between
the MNRE and the institutions concerned. For State
level Renewable Energy Awareness/ Education
Parks (large sized), Central Financial Assistance
(CFA) is being provided up to a maximum of
Rs.1.00 Crore for the energy systems / devices
and exhibits. The State Nodal Agencies meet
the total civil construction and developmental
cost, etc. A typical district level energy park may
include energy systems/devices such as, improved
chulhas (fi xed/portable type); solar photovoltaic
(SPV) street lights; domestic lights and solar
lanterns; solar water heating systems, solar
cookers, solar stills, biogas plant, solar PV radio,
solar PV power plant, a solar PV colour television,
a solar PV pump, a solar drier, a biomass gasifi er
and a wind pump.
9.29 The Energy Park Scheme is being
implemented through State nodal agencies.
State Nodal Agencies continuously monitor the
renewable energy systems installed in the energy
parks and provide feedback to the Ministry.
9.30 One State level energy parks was completed
at Pushpa Gujaral Science City, Kapurthala, in
Punjab during the year. A large number of people
are regularly visiting the Park. 38 District level
Energy Parks were sanctioned during the year.
State-wise list of 27 State level and 484 District
level parks is given in Table 9.4.
9.31 During the year 2008-09, Ministry of New and
Renewable Energy (MNRE) undertook bilateral/
multilateral activities, as detailed below, to carry
forward its objective of cooperation in the fi eld of
Renewable Energy at the international level.
9.32 The following MOUs, Cooperation and
Project Activities were initiated/fi nalized: -
- MoU was signed with Government of
Mexico on 17 April 2008, in various areas
of renewable energy technologies during
the visit of the delegation led by Hon’ble
President of India to Mexico.
- Action Plan was fi nalized with Australia on
4 November 2008 for enhancing cooperation
- A bilateral MoU with Spain in the area of
new and renewable energy was prepared
and fl oated with the Spanish side and would
be signed after requisite clearances.
- Cooperation under APPCDC was strengthened
and six projects pertaining to solar and
grid interactive renewable energy were
identifi ed for implementation.
- Cooperation activities were enhanced
with REN21, upcoming organization, viz.,
International Renewable Energy Agency
(IRENA) and REEEP.
- Interactions with various missions from
JBIC/JICA (Japan), ADB and World Bank were
undertaken to discuss modalities of project
related cooperation for development of
renewable energy in India.
- IREDA signed an Agreement with KfW on 11
December 2008 for loan of € 50 million.
- Two projects titled “Preparing Integrated
Renewable Energy Sector Development
Project” and “Study on Cross-Sectoral
Implications of Biofuel Production and Use”
with assistance from Asian Development
Bank (ADB) were processed in consultation
with Department of Economic Affairs
- MNRE sponsored a Resolution on promoting
renewables in Asia and the Pacifi c, which
was adopted in the 64th Annual Session
of UNESCAP and thereafter cooperation
activities to be initiated are being identifi ed
with Asia and Pacifi c Centre for Transfer of
- Activities pertaining to organization of
International Renewable Energy Conference-
2010 (IREC-2010) in February 2010 were
initiated for short listing of an Event
- Two projects viz. “Renewable Energy Supply
for Rural Areas” and “Supporting the Rural
Communities in Implementing Renewable
Energy based Village Energy Supply Schemes”
were fi nalized for implementation with GTZ
after approval of DEA.
- A proposal for accreditation of four
specialized institutions in Solar, Wind,
Biomass and Small Hydro viz. Solar Energy
Centre, Centre for Wind Energy Technology,
Indian Institute of Science and Alternate
Hydro Energy Centre, respectively under
ITEC programme of MEA was prepared and
forwarded to MEA for accreditation.
- Project titled “Removal of Barriers to Biomass
Energy Generation in India” continued to be
- Impact assessment of the UNDP project titled
“Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihoods
(RERL)” was completed.
- India formally became a full-fl edged member
of International Renewable Energy Agency
(IRENA) with the signing of its statute on
behalf of Government of India by Smt. Meera
Shankar, Ambassador of India to the Federal
Republic of Germany at Bonn on 19 March
- MOU for cooperation in Biofuels was signed
in MNRE, New Delhi with United States of
America on 3 February 2009 by Mr. Steven
J. White, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy
of the United States of America, New Delhi
and Mrs. Gauri Singh, Joint Secretary, MNRE
& Indian Co-chair of WGNTE.
During the visit of the President of Chile,
Secretary, MNRE and the Ambassador,
Embassy of Chile, New Delhi in Hyderabad
House, New Delhi on 17 March 2009, signed
an MOU for cooperation with Chile in the
area of Renewables.
|9.33 The following official delegations led by Hon’ble Minister/Secretary, MNRE and Scientists of the Ministry were sent to keep the Ministry abreast of the latest developments in the fi eld of renewable energy: -
- An official delegation led by Shri Vilas Muttemwar, Hon’ble Minister for New and Renewable Energy to Denmark during 8-9 April 2008 held bilateral discussions with the Minister of Climate Change and Energy, Denmark, interacted with the Danish renewable energy industry and held Joint Working Group Meeting on 7th April 2008.
- Shri V. Subramanian, the then Secretary, MNRE was deputed to Berlin, Germany during 10-11 April, 2008 to participate in the IRENA preparatory meeting.
- As part of the delegation led by Hon’ble President of India, Shri Vilas Muttemwar, Hon’ble Minister for New and Renewable Energy visited Chile, Mexico and Brazil during 13-25 April 2008 when an MoU for cooperation in renewable energy was signed with Mexico on 17 April 2008.
- Shri A.K. Dhussa, Scientist ‘F’, MNRE was deputed to Mexico to attend the Methane to Market Partnership follow-up: Making Final Plan for the Agricultural Sub-committee Meeting and Technical Workshop during 22-24 April 2008.
- Dr. Rajiv Arora, Director, MNRE participated as a part of a composite Indian delegation led by Shri Kamal Nath, Minister for Commerce and Industry in the 64th Annual Session of Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), at Bangkok, Thailand during 24-26 April 2008. MNRE sponsored a resolution on promoting renewables in Asia and the Pacific, which was adopted.
- Dr.T.C. Tripathi, Scientist ‘G’ participated
in Asia-Spain Technical Seminar on Infrastructure, Energy and Environment and some of the activities of the 41st Asian Development Bank (ADB) Annual Meeting in Madrid, Spain during 4-10 May 2008.
- Shri A.K. Varshney, Scientist ‘F’ and Shri R.C.Tiwari, Scientist ‘F’, MNRE participated in the Regional Workshop and study visit on Biomass Gasification of Power Production under BIMSTEC Cooperation during 13-14 May 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand.
- Shri V. Subramanian, the then Secretary, MNRE was deputed to New York, USA to participate in “India Infrastructure Investors Forum” meeting during 14-15 May 2008.
- Dr.T.C. Tripathi, Scientist ‘G’ participated in the “Electrotechnical Commission’s Technical Committee on Photovoltaic” meeting held during 19-23 May 2008 in San Francisco, USA.
- Dr. N.P.Singh, Scientist `G’ MNRE was deputed to Foz do iguacu, Brazil to participate in the Global Renewable Energy Forum from 18th to 21st May, 2008.
- Smt. Gauri Singh, Joint Secretary, MNRE participated in the 5th Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation Task Force meeting (REDGTF) held under the aegis of Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APPCDC) at Seoul, Korea during 26-29 May 2008.
- Shri V.K. Jain, Scientist ‘F’, MNRE participated in the “Third Asia Clean Energy Forum-2008” held at Manila, Philippines during 2-5 June 2008.
- Dr. S.K. Chopra, Adviser and Dr. B.M.S. Bist, Adviser were deputed to Reykjavik, Iceland to discuss possibilities of cooperation in the area of geothermal resources during 25-27 August 2008.
Dr. G. Giridhar, Scientist ‘D’, was deputed to Lanzhou City, China to participate in an International Training Workshop on ‘Solar Energy Applications’ during 18th August to 8th September 2008.
- Dr. G. Giridhar, Scientist ‘D’, was deputed
to Lanzhou City, China to participate in an
International Training Workshop on ‘Solar
Energy Applications’ during 18th August to
8th September 2008.
- To further the Indo-US cooperation renewables, Dr. Bibek Bandopadhyay, Scientist “G” Solar Energy Centre (SEC), MNRE was deputed to Colorado, USA for training on the theory behind processing satellite data to produce solar resource data and on use of SUNY’s model for producing data set from satellite imagery at National Renewable Energy (NREL) from 22nd to 26th September, 2008.
- Shri Deepak Gupta, Secretary, MNRE participated in the “5th India-EU S&T Steering Committee Meeting and Associated Thematic Bilaterals” held in Brussels during 1-2 October 2008.
|9.34 MNRE actively took part in seminars and held meetings with delegations from different countries, for enhancing awareness and interactions among various officials and other stakeholders about the developments in the field of renewable energy and other associated key areas. Some of these are as follows: -
- Meeting with the Danish side held on 30th April 2008 in MNRE, New Delhi to discuss cooperation in the renewable energy field.
- Meeting of Minister (NRE) with Cuban Trade delegation held on 23.05.2008 in MNRE, New Delhi.
- Indo-Poland JCM held in New Delhi on 27.05.2008.
- Meeting with the Israeli delegation held on 28.05.2008 in MNRE, New Delhi.
- India-EU meeting co-chaired by External Affairs Minister in New Delhi on 30.05.2008.
- JBIC meeting regarding Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) project proposal on 3rd June 2008 in New Delhi.
- Meeting on Minutes of discussions for FY 2008 on JBIC-ODA loan Fast Track Package at Department of Economic Affairs, New Delhi on 13th June 2008.
- Meeting of Minister (NRE) with a delegation led by Ambassador of Chile, New Delhi on 18th June 2008 in MNRE, New Delhi.
- Meeting with the Iranian delegation on 25th August 2008 in MNRE, New Delhi to identify areas of cooperation in the area of new and renewable energy.
- Meeting with the US delegation led by Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in MNRE, New Delhi on 10 September 2008 in MNRE, New Delhi to discuss possibilities of India-US bilateral cooperation.
- Meeting with French delegation comprising of officials and renewable energy industry representatives led by Ms. Anne-Marie Idrac, French Minister of State for Foreign Trade, on 16 September 2008 in MNRE, New Delhi.
- IBSA Working Group Meeting on Energy on 18–19 September, 2008 in MNRE, New Delhi.
- India-Denmark Technical Seminar on “Wind Energy” on 25 November, at Chennai.
- Meeting with Mr. Sigmar Gabriel, German Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation and Reactor Safety on 17th November 2008 in MNRE, New Delhi regarding Indo-German Cooperation in Renewables. An informal working group meeting of distributed generation was also held with the German side on the same day.
- Workshop meeting on Indo-EU cooperation on renewable energy on 26.11.2008 in MNRE, New Delhi.
- First meeting of the Steering Committee of the UNDP assisted GEF project titled ‘Global Solar Water Heating Market Transformation and Strengthening Initiative: India Country Program on 26.11.2006 in MNRE, New Delhi.
- 2nd India-Denmark Joint Working Group meeting on New and Renewable Energy on 27.11.2008 in MNRE, New Delhi.
- 10th India-Philippines JTC held in New Delhi chaired by the Commerce Secretary from the Indian Side.
- Meeting of the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Mirror Committee on 28th November at Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi.
- Interactive meeting with various Heads of Missions of the African countries on 28 August 2008 in Solar Energy Centre.
- Meeting with the delegation from Namibia on 24 November 2008 in MNRE, New Delhi to discuss cooperation in renewables as a follow up of the Joint Trade Commission meeting held in February 2008.
- Fifth meeting of the IBSA Working Group on Energy on 18-19 September, 2008 in MNRE, New Delhi to discuss cooperation areas in New and Renewable Energy among India, Brazil and South Africa.
- SAARC Energy Ring meeting held on 11 November 2008.
- Meeting of Hon’ble Minister (NRE) and Officers of MNRE with delegation from Finland led by Dr. Paavo Vayrynen, Minister for Trade & Development, Finland in MNRE, New Delhi on 5 February, 2009 to explore the possibility for mutual understanding and growth in various fields related to renewable energy.
- Meeting of Hon’ble Minister (NRE) and Officers of MNRE with Mr. Martin Bursik, Czech Minister of Environment and delegation from Czech Republic to explore the possibilities for further cooperation between the two countries.
- India-Japan Joint Working Group meeting on Renewables on 16 March 2009 in MNRE, New Delhi. The meeting was co-chaired by Joint Secretary, MNRE from the Indian side. The two sides discussed areas/activities related to solar, wind and distributed generation for cooperation between India and Japan.
- India-Australia Joint Working Group on Mines and Minerals coordinated by Ministry of Mines on 17 March 2009 in New Delhi. An India-Australia sub-group on renewables discussed the areas of collaboration between India & Australia.
- Meeting with Tanzanian delegation headed by Secretary, Rural Energy in MNRE, New Delhi on 18 March 2009 to discuss the possibilities of cooperation in renewable energy for rural solutions between India and Tanzania.
- Secretary, MNRE’s meeting with the Solar Trade Mission from US regarding investment opportunities in India on 23 March 2009 in New Delhi.
|Technology Information Forecasting, Assessment & Data Bank (TIFAD)
|9.35 Efforts were continued during the year 2008-09 for creating and upgrading Information Communication Technology ICT facilities, including Integrated Local Area Network (LAN), Internet, Renewable Energy Network (RENET), Document Management Information System (DMIS), Composite Payroll System (CPS) and e-Granthalaya Software, and creation of e-archive for documents of the Ministry. A set of eleven Servers was installed to support information sharing within and outside the Ministry. Efforts to develop the Management Information Software for the Ministry were continued during the year 2008-09.
|Network Services Management (NSM)
|9.36 The Network Services in Block-14 and Paryavaran Bhawan of the Ministry are provided from Network Operation Centre (NOC) established in MNRE-NIC Cell of the Ministry. The proxy Server, patch Server and anti-virus Server are being regularly maintained and monitored in the center. During the year following activities were carried out in respect of NSM:
- The OFC (Optical Fiber Cable) connectivity was upgraded to full bandwidth of 34 MBPS to provide faster network response.
- Dedicated Fiber backbone connectivity was provided in the room of Secretary (MNRE) for Executive Video Conferencing System (EVCS).
- All the officials of the Ministry continued to have Internet, LAN and E-mail facilities.
|MNRE and intraMNRE Website and Web Portals
9.37 The website of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is available at address http://mnre.gov. in. During the year, the website was maintained and further enriched by uploading the contents on Programmes, Schemes, Research, Design and Technology Development, Notifi cations, Citizen points, Press Releases, Tenders, Advertisement, Summary of monthly accounts of Principal Accounts Office, Akshay Urja - Bimonthly News letter, Annual Report, list of Manufacturers/ Industries of Solar Water Heating Systems, Solar PV systems etc. and important events/developments in the Ministry.
9.38 As per the directives of Department of Personnel & Training, a new web page for Right to Information Act, 2005 was designed, developed and incorporated in the website of the Ministry. The web page is available at http://mnre.gov. i&ri2ht2info/contents.htm. As per the directives of Cabinet Secretariat information has been uploaded regarding Forms, Documents, Schemes and Publications of the Ministry in the National Portal at address http://policies.gov.in. The data updation in web based application of ACC Vacancy Monitoring System (AVMS) implemented to maintain the record of the vacancies falling under the purview of ACC (either DPC based or Non DPC based) was continued during the year.
9.39 IntraMNRE website, an Intranet Portal of Ministry has been developed and maintained to offer G2E and G2G services and provide wide-ranging and one stop source of information through the single window access system in an authorized manner to the Staff & Officers of the Ministry. Ministry officials access this portal using their authenticated login-IDs. The website facilitates an on-line access of Pay slip, IT Statement, GPF Statements, Circulars/Notices, personnel information, Telephone/E-mail directory, date of superannuation, News clippings, Meetings/Events, Help Desk, Health Corner, Parliament Questions and answers, etc. It can be accessed at address http://intramnre.nic.in.
|Comprehensive DDO (CompDDO) Package
|9.40 CompDDO, a new Software package was implemented in the Ministry to provide added features in Composite Payroll System. This package has facilitated the automation of accounting procedures between offices of the DDO and PAO. Necessary modifications were carried out in the Software to incorporate the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission. The module for generation of pay slips was redesigned and linked to IntraMNRE website to generate Pay slips for the Ministry officials as per revised pay after incorporating the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission. Various officers and Divisions of the Ministry are operating the Web based File Tracking System (FTS) through Document Management Information System (DMIS) Software.
|Planning & Coordination
9.41 The Planning and Co-ordination Division is responsible for overall planning and budgeting of plans schemes/ programmes of the Ministry and matters related to Reforms, Policy measures, Fiscal concessions, etc. Its work involves maintaining a close liaison with different Programme Divisions of the Ministry and with other concerned Ministries/ Departments/States, State Nodal Agencies, etc. on regular basis.
9.42 Major activities handled by the Division during 2008-09 include preparation of National Action Plan for Renewable Energy (NAPRE) and reports to Standing Committee on Energy relating to the Ministry’s Demand for Grants and other specific subjects selected for examination, monthly reports of major achievements/ initiatives to PMO and Cabinet Secretariat, inputs/ briefs for meetings of Energy Coordination Committee, Group of Ministers, etc., replies to VIP and other references and Parliament Questions involving multiple schemes/ programmes, formulation of pre-budget proposals relating to Central Excise & Customs and Direct Taxes, formulation of Annual Plan 2009-10 proposals of the Ministry and organization of in-house review meetings and annual review meetings with State Implementing Agencies. Its other major activity was of maintaining/updating a large state-wise database of programmes/schemes of the Ministry
and furnishing of periodic inputs to MoP/CEA for national database on power.
9.43 Apart from above four studies were also sanctioned on (i) Introduction of Generation Based Incentives for Renewable Power, (ii) Impact Study of Renewable Energy Systems deployed in Ladakh region of J&K, (iii) Development of Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) mechanism for India and, (iv) Study on functioning/strengthening of State Nodal Agencies for Renewable Energy and Preparation of Capacity Building. A systems of online and Management System for the programmes of the Ministry was also developed.
RTI-MIS and RTI Annual Return Information System
9.44 In order to promote transparency and accountability in the working of the Ministry, the web-based system for RTI-MIS implemented by NIC is being used in the Ministry to maintain all requests accompanied with specified fee as per provisions of Section 6(1) of the RTI Act. Annual Report for the year 2007-08 has been posted on Annual Return Information System.
|Seminar & Symposia
9.45 The Ministry provides support to universities, academic institutions/colleges, non-governmental organizations, Government departments, etc. for organizing workshops, seminars, conferences to provide a forum for professionals, students, policy-makers, managers, economists, industry representatives, etc., to interact and share their views on identified thrust areas related to renewables or any other emerging area impinging on technology, innovation in regard to renewables.
9.46 During the year, the Ministry supported the following major activities:
- International Congress on Renewable Energy (ICORE)-2008 by Solar Energy Society of India, New Delhi at Chennai.
- International PV SEC-18 by Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science at Kolkata.
- International Conference on Hydrogen Storage & Hydrogen Storage Methods and Materials by IISc at Bangalore.
- Algae Biofuel Summit 2008 by Growdiesel Climate Care Council at Delhi.
- International Solar Food Processing Conference 2009 by Barli Development Institute for Rural Women at Indore.
- National work-shop-cum-conference on “SOLAR PV Emerging Viable Option with Technology and Policy Thrusts” by SEARCH Foundation at Delhi.
- All India Seminar on Urban Energy Resource and Challengers by Institute of Engineers (India) at Jabalpur.
- Conference on Climate Change by ASSOCHAM at Delhi
- 96th Indian National Science Congress by North Eastern Hill University at Shillong.
- Third Sustainable Summit 2008 by CII at Delhi.
- Renewable Energy Asia 2008 by IIT-Delhi at Delhi.
|Human Resources Development
9.47 The requirement of skilled engineers, supervisors, artisans, managers etc. to manage the renewable energy projects can be met by targeted activities among different groups through universities/technical institutions to regularly update the skills of professionals working on various aspects of renewables.
9.48 During 2008-09, the Ministry took many initiatives for revitalizing the human resource development activity in renewable energy. A comprehensive scheme for human resource development in new and renewable energy was launched in July 2008. The major objectives of the scheme are: a) to update professionals working in the field of renewable energy on technological, economic, financial, trade, policy and social issues, through organization of trainings and study tours; b) to prepare manpower through universities/ technical institutions ready to work on various aspects of renewables, through renewable energy fellowships at M.Tech, JRF/SRF and PDF levels; and c) to develop training modules including pedagogy through expert(s)/expert institution(s) for various kinds of courses and target groups;
9.49 A training programme for State Nodal Agency officials on implementation mechanism of renewable energy programmes including the management information system was organized through Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency at Ranchi, Jharkhand during May 2008.
9.50 The following training programmes for different target groups were organized through Alternate Hydro Energy Centre, IIT-Roorkee: Development of Renewable energy Projects
– For teachers of polytechnics and ITI during 2-6 December 2008; Financing of renewable energy based systems – For Financing Institutions during 19-20 November 2008; Development of Renewable energy Projects in Hilly areas – NGOs and village leaders during 6-10 January 2009.
9.51 IIT-Delhi organized two training programmes on solar energy and bio-energy technology during 2-6 June and 4-8 August 2008 respectively for Ministry professionals. Vivekanada Kendra, Tamil Nadu organized six training programmes for self-help groups, students and villagers. Orissa Renewable Energy Development Agency organized a training programme on CDM opportunities in renewable energy for State Nodal Agencies on 22 October 2008.
9.52 A dialogue was established with Directorate General of Employment & Training, Ministry of Labour for augmenting ITI curriculum of the existing engineering trades of such as electrician, electronics, mechanic, fitter, plumber etc for renewable energy technologies related skills from the next academic year.
9.53 Ministry nominated its officials in various training programmes in the field of management, finance and information technology conducted by National Productivity Council, Delhi Productivity Council and Administrative Staff College, Hyderabad.
9.54 The National Renewable Energy Fellowships (NREF) programme is being re-launched for attracting professionals in the field of renewable energy through research and higher studies in the frontier areas of the sector. The programme would commence from the next Academic session.
|Renewable Energy Technology Incubation Fund 2009
|9.55 In January 2009, the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy sponsored a project ‘Renewable Energy Technology Incubation Fund’ to the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A). The project aims at commercializing scalable existing technologies developed by innovators (researchers, individual inventors, start-ups and large corporations). The project is focused on supporting entrepreneurial ideas in renewables.
|9.56 IIM-A has initiated action for nation-wide search of collecting entrepreneurial ideas. Thereafter selection and evaluation process will
commence. Invitation of entries from across the country shall be short-listed for the Idea Development Stage and allotted a Mentor for development of their ideas. Support shall be provided for networking and mentoring to the teams. Incubation support would be provided for promising entries selected in the product development and commercialization category. A dedicated website http://www.re-search.in/ has been created for the project activity.
|Administration - Vigilance, Offi cial Language, Library and Right to Information
9.57 The Vigilance Division of the Ministry is headed by Ms. Gauri Singh, Joint Secretary and Chief Vigilance Officer. The Vigilance Division is following the various rules, guidelines and instructions issued by Government of India and the Central Vigilance Commission in letter and spirit with a view to ensure corruption free functioning of the Ministry and its regional offices, as well as the Government of India Enterprise under it viz., Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA). Although the Ministry has so far enjoyed a clean record in this regard, the Vigilance Division maintained continuous vigil to protect public interest. The Vigilance Division has given due importance to the few complaints received from various sources by initiating preliminary enquiries and the same are in progress. Further action would be taken on merits as per the prescribed procedure.
9.58 As per the directions of the Central Vigilance Commission, the Ministry observed Vigilance Awareness Week from 3rd to 7th November 2008.
9.59 Apart from the Ministry and its fi eld Offices like Solar Energy Centre (SEC), the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd. (IREDA) and Centre for Wind Energy Technology, Chennai (C-WET), an autonomous R&D Institution under the Ministry also observed the Vigilance Awareness Week.
9.60 During the year, the Vigilance Division carried out its functions and responsibilities meticulously and furnished the prescribed periodic reports and returns to various nodal authorities like CVC, CBI & DoPT.
|Implementation of Official Language Policy of the Union
9.61 During the year 2008-09, various measures were taken for effective implementation of Official Language Policy in the Ministry. All documents specified under Section 3(3) of the Official Language Act, 1963 were issued bilingually. Besides, Rule (5) of the Official Language Rules, 1976 was fully complied with by replying to all Hindi letters in Hindi only. Special emphasis was laid on increasing original correspondence in Hindi. As per the Quarterly Progress Report for the quarter ended on 31st December 2008 the percentage of Hindi correspondence with offices in Regions ‘A’ and ‘B’ was 83% and 68% respectively.
9.62 In Order to review the progress made in the implementation of Offi cial Language policy, quarterly meetings of Offi cial Language Implementation Committee were held regularly. Discussions were held on quarterly progress reports received from various sections/divisions of the Ministry and shortcomings found, if any, were removed.
9.63 A ‘Hindi Fortnight’ was observed in the Ministry during 1st to 15th September 2008 to create awareness and increase the use of Hindi in official work. During the fortnight, a Message was issued from MOS (NES) regarding progressive use of Hindi. A number of competitions were held with participation by officers and staff of the Ministry. Officers and staff members belonging to Hindi and non-Hindi speaking categories were given prizes and certificates for their excellent performances by Hon’ble Minister of New and Renewable Energy in a prize distribution ceremony held on 17 September 2008. Besides, Hindi Day/ Fortnight was also observed in the Regional Offi ces/ Undertaking of the Ministry.
9.64 In order to promote the use of Hindi in official work, help literature and glossaries were distributed among the officers and staff. Hindi books are being purchased in suffi cient number. During the year all advertisements were issued bilingually.
9.65 In accordance with the inspection targets fixed by the Department of Offi cial Language, inspection of Solar Energy Center, Gurgaon; C-Wet, Chennai and some of the divisions/Sections of the Ministry was carried out by the Ministry for effective implementation of Offi cial Language Policy. Inspection of IREDA and some other divisions of the Ministry was also carried out in the month of March 2009.
9.66 Hindi Noting and Drafting Incentive Scheme of the Department of Official Language was continued during the year and 5 offi cers/staff members were given awards under the scheme.
9.67 To encourage writing of original books in Hindi or books translated into Hindi in the fi eld of New and Renewable Sources of Energy, ‘PRAKRITIK URJA PURASKAR YOJNA’ was continued. The entries received for the calendar year 2006 were evaluated and a book entitled ‘URJA KE VAIKALPIK SROTON KI TALASH’ was awarded Second prize.
Shri Dinesh Mani, the author of the book was given cash prize and a certificate by Secretary, MNRE at the headquarters of the Ministry in New Delhi. The book was sent to all the state Nodal/ Implementing Agencies.
9.68 The Ministry has well-stocked library, which acts as a reference centre and knowledge house on all areas of renewable energy. Nearly 12000 books are available on various subjects such as Hydrogen Power, Wind Energy, Biomass, Biogas, Solar Energy, Fuel Cell Technology, Tidal Energy, Energy Economics, Climate Change, Applied Sciences, Zoology, Botany, Biographies and Autobiographies, Photography, History, Sociology, Indian Literature, Management, Public Relations, Economics, Indology, Philosophy, Psychology, Natural Sciences, Law, Religions, Computer Science, Paintings, Mountaineering, Sculpture, Food & Cookery, etc. Besides their are more than 3000 books in Hindi on
different subjects which include some authored by eminent prize winning writers.
9.69 Currently library has added the subscription to the new scientific journals like Renewable Energy, Environment & Development Economics, Nature, Discover, Photon International, Energy Policy, Renewable Energy Focus, Energy Economics, Biomass & Bioenergy, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Solar Energy, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Inwind Chronicle, TERI Information Digest on Energy & Environment, Solar Energy Magazine (TERI), etc. Some of these journals will be available online.
|Right to Information
|9.70 Officers have been designated as Appellate Authority, Central Public Information Offi cer (CPIO) and Central Assistant Public Information Offi cer (CAPIO) as given in Table 9.5. The procedure/ other details regarding seeking information under RTI Act, 2005 is available at the MNRE website.