The Government is committed to provide power to all households in the country from urban to rural by 2019 and making all out efforts to accomplish it, Minister of State for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal said in Kolkata on Friday.
Stating this in an interactive session organized by Coal Consumers’ Association of India (CCAI) Goyal emphasized on generating more and more clean and green energy from sources like Solar, Wind, Tidal and Bio-mass that is eco-friendly and said his Ministry is effortlessly encouraging it by providing subsidy and other promotional activities.
The Minister said, coal production in the country by Coal India Limited (CIL) has increased by 12 percent by February 2015 since the new government came to power and the target is to increase it by 29 million tonnes in the next 10 months. He said that the government is adopting a policy of clear transparency and giving priority to accountability, responsibility and integrity in the Coal Sector. The Minister hoped that the coal sector will have 11 to 12 percent growth with an additional production of 550 million tonnes in the current financial year.
Goyal also inaugurated “Premashraya” a home for Cancer patients and their relatives of Tata Medical Center, at Rajarhat , Newtown in Kolkata. The 10-story building will enable 525 persons, only Cancer patients and their relatives from outside Kolkata and getting treatment at Tata Medical Centre, to stay there at a nominal charge.
While speaking on the occasion, Goyal announced that Coal India will set up 5 (five) Cancer Detection Centres, one each at the Coal Mining belts of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh for the benefit of the people staying in the remote areas facing lot of troubles to get access to quality treatment for critical ailment like cancer. Appreciating the effort to lessen the hardship of poor cancer patients coming from far-flung areas, Goyal asked the Premashraya Trust to get the industrialists, business community and others involved for the maintenance of the ‘home’ which require at least Rs.30 crore a year. Coal India Ltd., the Maharatna PSU of the Coal Ministry has already sanctioned Rs.41.11 crore for the construction of Premashraya. It will again come up for the help of the Premashraya, if necessary, the Minister assured. Sutirtha Bhattacharya, the Chairman, Coal India Ltd. said, Coal India is happy to be associated with such a noble and humane endeavour.
Premashraya, a home away from home, stands at a stone’s throw from the Tata Medical Centre at Rajarhat, New Town. The building, apart from having facilities for lodging of patients and their relatives, also has palliative care cubicles, child care centres, counseling rooms, physiotherapy unit and an auditorium.