Under the Saubhagya Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, free electricity connections to all households (both APL and poor families) in rural areas and poor families in urban areas will be provided.
If the NDA government does meet its deadline of taking electricity to all houses by around the time of the next Lok Sabha polls, it could give the BJP a poll plank.
The minister also opined that the cheap renewable power alone cannot meet the entire demand in view of fears among conventional energy operators after free fall in tariffs of wind and solar power last year.
As against the target of installing 100 GW of solar power capacity as on December 15, a capacity of 16,676 MW has been installed with another 6,500 MW capacity under installation, he said in the Lok Sabha during Question Hour.
The proposed bidding would be the first in the offshore wind power category.
Union Power Minister R K Singh also arrived at the site to oversee relief measures in what is one of the worst tragedies at a power plant in recent history, and even came face to face with Rahul Gandhi at one point.
India should tell China that its repeated blocking of the move in the UN to designate JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist will have consequences, a BJP member said in Lok Sabha today.
"The situation has started improving because this year we are having good rainfall. We are expecting a growth of 10 percent, said Sonalika's sales and marketing president R K Singh.
According to data available from the Oil Ministry, state- owned gas utility GAIL India Ltd is the worst hit with all the eight positions of independent directors yet to be filled. Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), India's most profitable company, has only one independent director as against required strength of nine.
The Modi government denied any irregularity in Lok Sabha on Monday even though the Comptroller & Auditor General released a scathing report on this purchase in 2011-12, alleging several irregularities. The order also continues to be under an investigation by the CBI.
The second largest oil marketing company Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) is hopeful of taking its 6-million tonne Bina Refinery public next fiscal, its Chairman and Managing Director R K Singh has said.
Tata Steel today said it will contest the Rs 6,000 crore fine imposed on the company by Odisha government over alleged violation of mining norms in the state.
Even as uproar over capping of subsidised cooking gas continues, second largest oil marketer Bharat Petroleum sees virtue in it, saying the move will help curb black marketing to a considerable extent.
With people from north east in panic following rumours of attacks, Union Home Secretary R K Singh today said there was no threat to anyone from the region living anywhere in the country and termed the reports of violence as rumours.
The government is likely to provide paramilitary forces to Steel Authority of India (SAIL) for a major mining project in Chhattisgarh and construction of a 90-km-long railway track to transport ore slurry through the Naxal-hit area.
India has sought dates from Pakistan for a bilateral meeting between the Home Secretaries of the two countries after May 22 when the Budget session of Parliament comes to an end.
Bharat Petroleum is looking to hike petrol prices soon, the company's chairman and managing director R.K Singh told CNBC-TV18.
Half the country's population may not have a toilet at home but they are not without a mobile phone.
Permission has been given to Anna Hazare and his associates for his fast at Ramlila Maidan till September two and it is conditional, Home Secretary R K Singh said today.
India is expected to ask South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations to take strong action against terrorists operating in South Asia and pitch for strengthening regional efforts.