Manmohan launches mission for environment-friendly technology
9 January 2013
statesman news service
NEW DELHI, 9 JAN: The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, today unveiled the heavy industries ministry’s National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP) 2020 which aims at energy security, mitigation of adverse impact of vehicles on environment and growth of manufacturing capabilities.
The ceremony was attended by the heavy industries and public enterprises minister Praful Patel, minister for new and renewable energy Farooq Abdullah, deputy chairman Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia, and eminent leaders from the automotive industry, academia and research institutes, and the National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council.
The Prime Minister said it was important to reduce the transport sector’s dependence on oil because of its high international prices. One of the ways in which this could be achieved was by faster adoption of the full range of electric vehicle technologies, including hybrid vehicles, he said.
Mr Singh said over 80 per cent of India’s requirements of petroleum products was being imported. This dependence on imports was likely to increase. “High international prices of oil contribute significantly to India’s import bills, to our trade deficit, and also if I may say so in the world of rising energy prices, to inflation, thus putting a big strain on our economy,” he said.