Union Minister for Road Transport: Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Shri Nitin Gadkari launched the “Go Electric” Campaign in the presence of Shri R. K. Singh, the Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship to spread awareness on the benefits of e-mobility and Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure as well as electric cooking in India.
While launching the nationwide campaign Gadkarji said that electric fuel is a major alternative for fossil fuels which have an import bill of Rs. 8 lakh Crore. When compared to conventional fuels the electric fuel has low cost, reduced emissions and is also indigenous.
Union Minister for Road Transport urged the Power Minister Shri R. K. Singh to encourage value addition to Carbon Dioxide which is released from thermal power plants. He also mentioned the opportunities and potential of electric cooking in India. He observed that the electrification of public transport is not only economical but also eco friendly.
While speaking about diversification of agriculture towards the energy and power sector the Transport Minister said that the Ministry of Power should promote the generation of green power from agriculture waste and biomass which can also benefit the farmers across the country.
He also said the Go Electric Campaign is an important initiative that would help in reducing the import dependence of our country in the coming years and would be an important step towards a cleaner and greener future. The campaign is aimed at creating awareness at the PAN-India level and is expected to boost the confidence of Electric Vehicle manufacturers.
Power Minister Shri R.K. Singh expressed confidence that this campaign would go a long way in fulfilling the main objective of Energy Transition to move ahead on the path of a Low Carbon economy, thereby saving our Country and the Planet from the adverse impact of Climate Change.