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2.1 In 1982, a separate Department of Non- Conventional Energy Sources (DNES) was created in the Ministry of Energy to look after all the aspects relating to new and renewable energy. The Department was upgraded into a separate Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources (MNES) in 1992 and was re-christened as Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), in October 2006.


2.2 Under the Allocation of Business Rules, the MNRE has been assigned the following specific items:

  • Research and development of biogas and programmes relating to biogas units;
  • Commission for Additional Sources of Energy (CASE);
  • Solar energy including solar photovoltaic (SPV) devices and their development, production and applications;
  • All matters relating to small/mini/micro hydel projects of, and below, 25 MW capacity;
  • Programme relating to improved chulhas and research and development thereof;
  • Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Limited;
  • Research and development of other nonconventional/ renewable sources of energy and programmes relating thereto;
  • Tidal energy;
  • Integrated Rural Energy Programme (IREP);
  • Geothermal energy
  • Bio-fuels: (i) National Policy; (ii) research, development and demonstration on transport, stationary and other applications; (iii) setting up of a National Bio-fuels Development Board and strengthening the existing institutional mechanism; and (iv) overall coordination.

Structure of the Ministry

2.3 Shri Upendra Tripathy, is the Secretary in Ministry of New and Renewable Energy with effect from 1st April 2014. The Ministry has one Financial Adviser, two Joint Secretaries, and one Economic Adviser. (Brief work allocation of group-wise is as Table 2.1.) Various programmes are being implemented by the Ministry through State Nodal Agencies (SNAs) and channel partners.

Institutions under the Ministry

2.4 The Solar Energy Centre (SEC), which was functioning as an attached Office of the Ministry, has since been converted into an autonomous institution with the name “National Institute of Solar Energy” (NISE) from 24.09.2013. Located at Gwalpahari in Gurgaon, Haryana, the Institute has been working on various aspects of Research and Development in solar energy and technology development in collaboration with other research institutions, implementing agencies and industry. National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE), an autonomous institute under the Ministry, is functioning from Chennai, Tamil Nadu. This serves as the technical focal point for wind power

Table 2.1

1. Shri Tarun Kapoor,
Joint Secretary

National Solar Mission (NSM), Solar Grid –Connected--Solar Parks, Canal Top Solar Projects , Solar Demonstration Projects, Grid Connected, Solar Rooftop, Solar Pump, Solar Off-Grid, Solar Street Lights, Solar Home Light Systems, Solar Water Heating Systems Solar Thermal & Photovoltaic Research and Development (ST & PV R&D), including United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) (excluding Biomass related projects)

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), National Institute of Solar Energy( NISE)

Energy Access, Online Marketing Portal for Renewable Products, International Relations(IR), Bilateral and Multilateral externally added Projects, Vigilance (Chief Vigilance Officer). Lokpal, Lokayukta, Association of State Renewable Energy Agencies, Small Hydro Power, Solar Cities and Green Buildings, Special Project on Cook Stoves (Unnat Chulha)

Climate Change related initiatives including Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)

Green Energy Corridor Projects- Renewable Purchase Obligations (RPO) in REC markets

Research, Design and Development (RD&D) Coordination.

2. Ms. Varsha Joshi,
Joint Secretary
Onshore & Offshore Wind Energy, Offshore pilot project (Wind), National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE), Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), Human Resource Development & Training,(HRD & Training), Policy, Regulatory Cell. National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF), New Initiatives in Renewable Energy in areas of - Geothermal Energy, Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP), Tidal Energy, Hybrid Renewable Energy Policy, Repowering Policy, Amendments to Electricity Act Establishment /Administration (including Cash Section), National Biofuels Policy & Programme, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Energy including, National Hydrogen Energy and Fuel Cell Centre (NHEFCC), Family Type Biogas Programme, Biogas based Power Projects, Battery Operated Vehicles (BoV), Waste to Energy (WTE), Municipal Solid Waste based Pilot Projects Biogas based Programme/ Schemes including Research and Development / Technology Demonstration Projects
Biomass power/ bagasse cogeneration in sugar mills and in non-sugar industries.
3. Dr. Jai Chand
Economic Advisor
Planning and Coordination (P&C) Coordination with Cabinet, other Ministries and Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Programme Coordination/comments - Cabinet Notes National Monitoring Cell Development of Management Information System (MIS) for monitoring of deployment of Renewable Energy in various PSUs/Dep artments; Impact analysis of various programme at Macro Level and Compilation of Renewable Energy data, Official language RTI, Library and Utilization Certificates, Public Grievances Citizen Charter Compilation of Reports furnished by PSU/ PSE of the Ministry or the reports sought by other Ministry/ Deptts. Concerning PSU/ PSE
Parliamentary Work, Information and Public Awareness, SADP, Seminars / Symposia, Akshay Urja Shops

development. The Sardar Swaran Singh National Institute of Bio Energy (SSS-NIBE) has been established at Kapurthala near Jalandhar in Punjab. The Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd. (IREDA), a Public Sector Undertaking under the Ministry with the objective of financing and developing renewable energy projects, is located in New Delhi. Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), New Delhi is a Section 25 Company, not for profit, under the administrative control of the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy. Government of India conveyed its approval for conversion of existing Section 8 Company of the Companies Act, 2013 (erstwhile Section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956) into Section 3 company during the Financial Year 2014-15 so as to enable it to become a self-sustaining and self-generating organization; to work as a

commercial organization; and to take a development of all segments of Renewable Energy viz. geo-thermal, off-shore wind, tidal, apart from solar energy.

Grievance Redressal Mechanism

2.5 Grievance petitions are received in the Ministry through President’s Secretariat, Prime Minister’s Office, Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DARPG), Vice President’s Secretariat, other Ministries/ Departments and from the individuals concerned on MNRE’s Window of CPGRAMS portal of DARPG. With a view to deliver expeditious redressal of grievances in a responsible and effective manner, the following measures have been put in place in the MNRE:

  1. Sh. B. L Ram, has been designated as Liaison Officer for implementation of scheme of reservation for persons of Schedule Caste (SC) and persons with disability. Dr. G.L. Meena, Scientist ‘’F’’ has been designated as Liaison Officer for implementation of Scheme of reservation of persons of Scheduled Tribe (ST) category.
  2. A Committee has been constituted to enquire into the complaints of sexual harassment, if any, of the women working in this Ministry.
  3. Grievances/petitions/complaints received are forwarded by Public Grievance Cell, MNRE to the Division Head concerned for redressal/ taking necessary action and final disposal, with the request to send a final reply to the petitioner, as per time schedule provided. These petitions are monitored on regular basis to keep track of their disposal by reminders etc. The position regarding final disposal of petitions is also intimated to the authority from which the grievance was received, by post or through CPGRAMS and the individuals concerned.
  4. Time Frame for Redressal of the Grievance/ petition:
1 Issue of acknowledgement to the petitioner
03 days
2 Forwarding of the grievances / petition to the concerned authority
07 days
3 Issue of interim reply to the petitioner or to send communication seeking
additional information from petitioner.
15 days
4 Final disposal of petition/grievance and time limit for informing the position of
the outcome.
60 days

Citizens’ / Clients’ Charter of MNRE

2.6 In order to ensure timely delivery of services to its Clients/ Citizens and redressal of their grievances in a time-bound manner the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has brought out a Citizens’/Clients’ Charter (CCC), incorporating its mission, main Services/ Transactions and commitment to its clients and the people of India in general, is available on MNRE’s website. The Charter contains the following elements: (i) Vision and Mission Statement; (ii) Details of business transacted by the Ministry; (iii) Details of clients; (iv) Details of services provided to each client group; (v) Details of grievance redress mechanism and how to access it; and (vi) Expectations from the clients.

2.7 It aims at addressing problems of interface between the Ministry and its clients’/ citizens' and also continuously improving the quality of public services for the people at large to make them responsive to their needs and wishes. It also aims at providing a mechanism for redressal of clients’/citizens' grievances.

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1. Overview   2. Introduction 3. Power from Renewables - Grid Interactive
and Off - Grid Renewable Power
4. National Solar Mission 5. Renewable Energy for Rural Applications 6. Renewable Energy for Urban, Industrial and Commercial Application 7. Research, Design, Development and Demonstration in New and Renewable Energy 8. Renewable Energy in North Eastern States 9. Specialized Institutions 10. Support Programmes 11. International Renewable Energy Co-operation 12. Promotion of Official Language - Hindi I Annexure - I : Staff Strength I Annexure - II : Audit Paras