Chief Minister announces end of VAT on solar power appliances Provided with the right environment and facilities, entrepreneurs of the state can make
it a front-ranking and developed state of the country ‘Make in India’ mission not possible without a big role of ‘Make in UP’
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav on Friday announced end of VAT on solar appliances in the state and said that provided with facilities and the right environment, entrepreneurs of the state can propel the state as a front ranking and developed state of the country.
Pointing out how countries like Japan and Germany had made gigantic strides of progress based on micro, small and cottage industries, the Chief Minister said that the success of ‘Made in India’ mission was not possible without a major role for ‘Made in UP’.
The Chief Minister was speaking at the inauguration of the ‘North India Solar Summit -2015’ organized under the aegis of the Indian Industries Association in association with UP Neda. After inaugurating the event, the Chief Minister also laid the foundation stone of the extension of the IIA building. He also took a tour of the stall displaying appliances.
Mr. Yadav said decisions taken by the state government would encourage industry and would benefit both the state and the industrialists. Assuring all help and cooperation to the IIA, the Chief Minister said it has a big role in development of the state.
The Chief Minister also referred to the growing use of solar energy across the world and said that the state had also put in place incentives to utilize non-conventional power resources and for this a solar energy and rooftop solar photo-voltaic power plant policy has been implemented.
The state government, Mr. Yadav added, was working to establish solar power plants and solar parks. Besides, he pointed out the funds for construction of Lohia houses in the state have been increased and solar power run fans and lighting facility in them is being introduced. The Chief Minister also informed that one village in the state would be fully powered by solar energy and the villagers would not be charged anything for it.
Mr. Yadav also said that by 2016, villages will start getting 16-18 hour power while cities will get 22-24 hour electricity and pointed out that one unit of 500 MW capacity under the Anpara D project had already been commissioned and another 500 MW unit will soon start generation. Saying that the state government was committed to development of the state Mr. Akhilesh Yadav said that besides formulation of policies work at ground level on many projects like Lucknow Metro Rail Project and Agra-Lucknow Expressway was going on expeditiously.
He also highlighted that the state government had taken land from the farmers at good rates and without any force. He also referred to the increased compensation for farmers in the aftermath of the unseasonal rains and hailstorm, which has been doubled.
Chief Secretary Mr. Alok Ranjan while addressing the programme said power sector formed the top priorities of the state government and work was also being done in the alternative energy sector. The state government, had been awarded for its work in the solar energy sector, by the union government. Minister of State (Independent charge) for Small Industry Mr. Bhagwat Sharan Gangwar also addressed the gathering.
Also present on the occasion were Political Pension Minister Mr. Rajendra Chowdhary, Principal Secretary (Power) Mr. Sanjay Agarwal, Secretary (Additional Energy Sources) Mr. Partha Sarthy Sen Sharma, other officers, IIA president Mr Pramod Miglani, IIA office bearers, members and a large number of dignitaries.