Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurates the Khadi Exposition 2018, announces incentives to promote solar-powered rural employment.
UN Environment and Khadi and Village Industries Board sign MoU on solar-based livelihoods in rural enterprises.
Pilot to be implemented in 100 villages and thereafter scaled up to 10,000 villages
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, 06 December 2018 – Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated a three-day long Khadi Exposition 2018, in Lucknow. At the event Navneet Sehgal, Principal Secretary Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB) and Atul Bagai, UN Environment Country Head, India signed a Memorandum of Understanding under the aegis of Chief Minister on solar based livelihood and rural enterprises.
“On Gandhiji’s 150th birth anniversary, the Khadi Charkha has been modernised and made renewable. Solar charkha’s have been distributed in UP villages and are boosting women’s livelihoods. Rural employment generation in Uttar Pradesh is very important and in this context Khadi and Village Industries Board and UN Environment have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on solar-based mini grids to enhance income generating activities in 100 villages in UP,” said Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also announced several incentives to promote rural employment such as sanctioning of loans up to 150 crores for solar powered charkhas, leaf based plate making machines and electric powered pottery wheels. He also encouraged farmers in Uttar Pradesh to transition from chemical fertilisers and pesticides to Zero Budget Natural Farming.
The MoU signed between UN Environment and Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB) focuses on rural electrification-based employment generation and provides value added services on the strength of reliable electricity in rural areas of Uttar Pradesh.
“The potential of solar-based mini grids on income generating opportunities for rural people of Uttar Pradesh is huge. Together with UN Environment we have identified activities which will be implemented in 100 villages or hamlets as a pilot project and thereafter scaled up to 10,000 villages,” said Navneet Sehgal, Principal Secretary Khadi and Village Industries Board
India’s renewable energy capacity expansion programme is poised to grow significantly, with several Central and State Government initiatives that promote renewable energy in rural India. Each village requires 10-30 KW mini-grid solar power installations to cater to rising demands for households and commercial energy use. A long-term (15-year) electrification of 15,500 ‘mini-grid ready’ villages in the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh could meet the electricity needs of 36.5 million people and mitigate up to 122 million tons of CO2e. This access to energy and reduction in carbon emissions promotes UN Environment’s global environmental agenda of low-carbon sustainable development.
“Rural areas in India need reliable electricity for Income generation. Energy access remains a significant barrier to improving agricultural productivity and incomes. Mini-grids powered by decentralized renewable energy (solar, biomass, wind, hydro) can offer a long-term, solution for the underserved. With the State Government and partners, UN Environment is launching today a solar energy-based livelihood programme that will contribute to increasing incomes in rural Uttar Pradesh,” said Atul Bagai, UN Environment, Country Head, India
The event organised by Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and Indian Industries association (IIA) and co-organised by UN Environment, demonstrated how government, private and public sector all came together to promote rural livelihoods and enterprises in Uttar Pradesh.
The MoU signing was followed by an engaging panel discussion on ‘Solar-based rural enterprises and livelihoods’ co-organised by KVIB and UN Environment bringing together various public, private and non-governmental stakeholders who work in the field of low-carbon rural development. Mr. Navneet Sahgal gave the opening remarks in which he re-affirmed KVIB’s commitment to ensure rural employment generation is enhanced.
The distinguished panellists included Ram Mohan Mishra, Additional Secretary, MSME, Sasmita Patnaik, CEEW, DVS Rajan, OMC Power, Himanshu Sikka, IPE Global, Vaishali Sinha, ReNew Power and Samit Mitra, Smart Power India.
Atul Bagai, UN Environment Country Head, India gave the closing remarks and summarised the session saying “solar energy is a way to double the income of farmers and has great potential for utilisation in the non-farm sector in rural areas. Demand assessment, resource assessment and knowledge sharing are three major strategies to ensure that enterprise development happens in the long term. Together with the UP Government, we look to making a task force with non-governmental actors to make the exchange of ideas easier to achieve sustainable rural development.”
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