India on course to generate 175 gigawatts of clean energy by 2022, says Union minister Harsh Vardhan

  • Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan said on Monday that the country was on course to generate 175 gigawatts of clean energy by 2022.

  • The country has set a target of reducing the emission of greenhouse gases between 33 percent and 35 percent to combat climate change and global warming, he said.

  • The government, he said, was trying to build 'good quality synergy' in terms of research work at various laboratories which, he added, was lacking earlier.

Bengaluru: Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan said on Monday that the country was on course to generate 175 gigawatts of clean energy by 2022.

 India on course to generate 175 gigawatts of clean energy by 2022, says Union minister Harsh Vardhan

File image of Union minister Harsh Vardhan. Firstpost

"You know our Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) has said that by 2022, we want to have at least 175 gigawatts of clean energy production in the country, out of which 100 gigawatts would be through solar and rest through other sources", he said in Bengaluru.

"We are making good progress. In fact, we are leading from the front," the Minister said after inaugurating the National Interdisciplinary Centre for Energy Research and the National Clean Coal Research and Development Centre at the Indian Institute of Science (in Bengaluru)," he said.

The country has set a target of reducing the emission of greenhouse gases between 33 percent and 35 percent to combat climate change and global warming. So far, the country has been able to reduce it to 21 percent, Harsh Vardhan said.

Speaking about the 'Ayushman Bharat', a health insurance scheme, the Minister, who also holds the Health portfolio, said more than 50 lakh people have availed themselves of benefits under it over the past one year, and the government has spent Rs 7,500 crore.

The government, he said, was trying to build "good quality synergy" in terms of research work at various laboratories which, he added, was lacking earlier.

This synergy would help achieve the Prime Minister's vision of making the country among top scientific nations by 2030", Harsh Vardhan said, adding, the country was already ranked number three in the world in the field of nanotechnology.

Updated Date: Sep 17, 2019 08:17:57 IST