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India Govt examining report on guideline violation in solar mission

According to reports, the government is examining the report of an inter-Ministerial panel which probed charges against developers under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission of violating guidelines to bag more projects that permitted, the Rajya Sabha was told today.

“An Inter-Ministerial Committee consisting of representatives of Ministries of NRE, Power and Corporate Affairs was set up by MNRE to inquire into the allegations that some solar developers had violated the guidelines of JNNSM to get more projects than permissible,” New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah said in a written reply to the House.

On action taken by the government on the report, Abdullah said, “The Committee has submitted its report… The report is being examined by the government.”

Replying to a question on target of wind and solar energy, he said, “Against a target of 2400 MW set for 2011-12, a wind power capacity of 3196 MW was installed. For the 11th plan as a whole, a capacity of 10,260 MW was installed against a target of 9000 MW.”

For solar energy, the government launched the JNNSM in Jan 2010 with a target of 20,000 MW of grid connected solar power by 2022 distributed over three phases, Abdullah said.

“For phase-I, a target of 1100 MW was set upto 2013 and a capacity of 979 MW has already been installed in the country,” he said.

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