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By Newsgram Staff Writer

India ranks 4th in the world in terms of energy generation and the government is planning to increase its productivity, with a special emphasis on the green energy sector, said Piyush Goyal, Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in Rajya Sabha.

He said that the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is increasing its renewable energy generation target to 29,800 MW. This will include 15,000 MW from wind, 10,000 MW from solar, 2,100 MW from small hydro and 2,700 MW from bio-power.

The minister told the house that the government is providing a range of fiscal and financial incentives for the promotion of renewable energy under various schemes. For solar power generation, the ministry is implementing a ‘Grid Connected Rooftop and Small Solar Power Plants Programme’ that encourages the installation of solar rooftop systems apart from giving subsidies for the same.

The government has decided to reduce the subsidy on rooftop solar power plants to 15% from 30% due to the decline in price of solar panels, Goyal said and added,” The Department of Financial services has also instructed the Public Sector Banks  to encourage home improvement loan seekers to install rooftop solar PV plants and include cost of system in their home loan proposals.”

The ministry has also released a total of Rs. 957 crore towards Generation Based Incentive (GBI) for wind power producers to promote wind power projects through private sector investment.

Piyush Goyal also shed light on the ministry’s decision to increase renewable energy production and consumption in the agrarian sector. A solar pumping program has been launched for irrigation and drinking water for 1,00,000 pumps during 2014-15. The Minister further stated that for this purpose, Rs 400 Crores have been allocated for current Financial Year.

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Quota Reservation Bill Moved in Rajya Sabha

The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill was passed after a division with 323 members voting in its favour and three against in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday

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The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till afternoon following protests by opposition members amidst a demand that the Constitution bill providing for upper castes reservation be sent to a Select Committee for detailed consideration even as the government sought to push ahead with its passage on the last day of the winter session on Wednesday.

With Lok Sabha having passed the Constitution (124th Amendment) bill providing for 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker sections among the general category in government service and higher educational institutions, Social Justice Minister Thawarchand Gehlot moved it for consideration in the upper House.

CPI member D. Raja, who objected to the consideration of the bill, demanded that it be sent to a Select Committee and the House should first take a decision on it.

Madhusudhan Mistry of Congress said the Bill was not complete and told the government that it cannot have both introduction and voting on the same day. He asked what was the urgency in the passage of the Bill.

Members were also protesting against the “unilateral” extension of the session till Wednesday saying it was done without consulting the opposition. They said the Chair did not announce a day’s extension in the working days of the House nor did it seek the members’ consent.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel said the Congress was raising technical issues to stall the Bill. “If you openly oppose the Bill, it is different. Otherwise, let’s have a discussion on it as it has already been introduced,” he said.

Quota reservation bill moved in Rajya Sabha.

Moving the Bill, Gehlot said the Constitution does not allow reservation on economic basis and due to that poor people in general category miss out on opportunities.

“There was a complaint by poor of the general category that they could not avail of government benefits. The decision has been taken after much consideration. This bill will uplift the poor,” he said.

He appealed to the members to pass the bill unanimously. This was followed by the start of the debate by BJP member Prabhat Jha. But as shouting and uproar continued, Deputy Chairman Harivansh adjourned the House till 2 p.m.

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The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill was passed after a division with 323 members voting in its favour and three against in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day too, the House was adjourned once up to noon after protests by members on the “unilateral” extension. (IANS)