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Naveen seeks PM's intervention for NINEI in State




 Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention to start construction of the proposed National Institute of New Energy and Innovation (NINEI) in the State.

Though the State government has allocated 73.86 acres of land free of cost near IIT, Bhubaneswar for construction of the proposed NINEI, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is yet to take possession of the land and start construction work of the building, Patnaik said in a letter to Modi.

"I am happy to share with you that in the renewable energy sector, Government of Odisha has taken several initiatives in accordance with the national development goals including recent announcement of the Odisha Renewable Energy Policy 2016," Patnaik had earlier written to the Prime Minister.
In order to promote research and innovation in the renewable energy sector, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy had decided to set up a NINEI in Odisha, Patnaik said.
Earlier, as the State was found to be most suitable place to establish the proposed institute, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) had decided to set up the innovative institute of national standards in Odisha. Almost all steps were taken for setting up the Institute as the State administration had taken proactive interest in this regard.
Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi had held several rounds of discussions with former MNRE Secretary Upendranath Tripathy and it was decided to set up the Institute as early as possible.
However in the changed scenario, now MNRE authorities are reportedly trying to relocate NINEI in another State, which came to fore from the official sources. Worried over such decision, Minister Science and Technology Pradip Panigrahi had urged the Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Piyush Goyal in a recent meeting of the Ministers’ Conference held on April 3-4 at Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi.
Panigrahi revealed in the meeting that the State government has already allocated about 80 acres of land for the institute. He urged the Union Minister to take necessary steps for setting up NINEI at the earliest.
Secretary Science and Technology Vir Vikaram Yadav attended the meeting, where the State government detailed the steps taken for connecting the unconnected by using renewable energy. Panigrahi said that energizing lives is important in far flung tribal areas rather than providing illumination only.
In this regard the capacity limit of 200 Watts of solar panel per household to give one unit of power per day under DDG-DDUGJY needs to be upscaled to cater to livelihood needs. He said this would greatly improve the economic conditions of people and from this point of view, mini grids with a capacity enhancement scope of 50 percent should be preferred for all villages.
Goyal had admonished several ministers of various State governments, who were absent in the conference.  The Union Minister also warned that if the Minister of the States remain absent from the conference, the states will suffer as their issues will not be taken up later.





Editorial

Précis 2017
From asking his party men to ‘live a simple life and serve the people’ to taunting the BJP for its ‘crocodile tears’, Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has not only become politically invincible, he seems to be so in the coming years too.

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