In their signed memorandum given to the Indian Prime Minister along with the report, the parliamentarians have asked the government to establish a National Clean Energy Access Mission, mainstream renewable energy in government schemes, and enactment of Renewable Energy Act to be administered by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and mobilisation of low cost funds for the renewable energy sector. “The Renewable Energy Act should be enacted to make provisions for the off-grid applications such as solar heating and cooling, renewable energy in transport, heating and cooling, promotion of bio-energy and bio-fuels, off-grid generation and rural electrification, grid connectivity and transmission planning’ and others,” they said.
A National Renewable Energy Policy should also be prepared by the New and Renewable Energy Ministry, it says. “...The government should urgently ‘establish a National Energy Access Mission (NEAM) aimed at providing modern and clean energy to all in sufficient quantity at affordable prices,” the memorandum said. The memorandum was signed by Members of Parliament belonging to “Climate Parliament” group. They include J D Seelam and Jhansi Lakshmi Botcha (Congress), Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Sanjay Jaiswal (BJP), K P Ramalingam (DMK), Vandana Chavan (NCP), Anup Kumar Saha (CPI -M), Shashi Bhusan Behera (BJD), Jayant Chaudhary (RLD) and Ali Anwar Ansari (JD-U). (PTI)