According to reports, an ambitious action plan for the country’s energy sector has been drawn up by BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi based on a “rainbow vision”.
Party sources said today that the action plan, to be implemented if NDA comes to power, covers seven energy fields —- gas, thermal, hydro, solar, wind, bio-mass and nuclear.
The plan is targeted at ensuring energy security for all and designed to cover the entire geographical stretch of the country to unite into a national grid.
While gas-based power plants are proposed in states like Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and Madhya Pradesh, thermal power plants are planned in coal-producing states like Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh.
Similarly, hydro power plants are planned to be taken up in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and the states of the northeast.
Solar energy will be tapped in the vast stretch of Thar desert in Rajasthan and other states rich in solar energy like Gujarat.
Wind power potential in states like Tamil Nadu and Kerala will be harnessed while bio-mass power generation will be promoted in small towns across the country, the sources said.
Modi envisions an energy-sufficient India with its “rainbow” principle of energy sufficiency which has the potential to fundamentally transform the country, they said.
Modi is seeking to redefine the significance of the three colours in India’s national flag —- green symbolising agriculture and revolution, white, the milk revolution and saffron energy, BJP sources said.
They claimed that Gujarat has a high per capita power consumption of 1,615.24 units, indicating a better index of human development in the state against the national per capita consumption of 884 units.
Modi said people of the country have to decide which party can provide a leadership with proven credentials that can fight corruption.
“It is my firm belief that this fight cannot be fought with laws alone. While good intention is necessary, there is a need for an experienced and strong leadership to totally root out corruption….I promise to adopt zero tolerance towards corruption,” he said.
Modi brushed aside criticism about he having launched sharp personal attacks against his opponents and said though he has refrained from making personal attacks, he has raised issues like dynastic politics in public interest which some people have taken as personal criticism.
He instead talked about himself being target of scathing personal attacks all these years based on “falsehood”.
Rubbishing the charge that he was “bold to be extent of being a dictator”, he said the state of affairs in the country had been such that indecisiveness had become the order of the day and decisive leadership faced criticism.
“I believe that before taking any decision, it is necessary to hold discussions with all. But once a decision is taken, its time-bound implementation is also necessary. Otherwise, we will become a victim of paralysis by analysis,” he said.
He accused the Centre of not treating states as equals and said development is possible only when states and the Centre move together as a team and there is cooperation between the Prime Minister and the chief ministers.
Attacking Congress for failing to control inflation, he said it promised to bring down inflation within 100 days of coming to power but could not do so even after five years of being in power. He said there has been “political misuse” of all institutions in the last ten years by the Congress-led government and said good governance is possible only when the government is run on policies and is not “personality-driven”.
“I am of the strong view that the poor have the first right on the resources of the country. Giving subsidy to the poor is justified and this cannot be disputed.
“But the key difference is that Congress views the poor as their vote bank and wants that they should remain poor and remain dependent on the government so that their vote bank remains intact. We, however, feel that the poor be empowered to fight poverty,” he said.
Talking about relations with neighbouring countries, Modi held that only a strong nation can ensure good ties with neighbours and said that BJP will be “pro-active” in its approach but will see to it that the nation’s interests are kept foremost while dealing with them.
Stressing on “pro-people and pro-active good governance,” he said that he wanted to take the nation on the path of speedy progress and replicate Gujarat’s growth of over 10 per cent across the country. Defending the Gujarat model, he said people have given their answer by electing him thrice.