EXC: ‘Himachal aims to become India’s first green energy state by 2025’

CM Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu also said that he wants no compromise in terms of expenditure for developmental work

NEW DELHI | Updated: 23 January, 2023 5:38 pm IST

On his second visit to the national capital after his election as the Chief minister of Himachal Pradesh, Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said that he aims to announce the hill state as India’s first green energy state by 2025.

On Monday, CM Sukhu met President Droupadi Murmu and Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar. He also met with Congress state in-charge Rajiv Shukla earlier in the day.

On Tuesday, Sukhu is slated to meet Prime minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah.

Speaking to The New Indian regarding his emphasis on green energy, CM Sukhu said, “Making Himachal Pradesh the first green energy state in the country is our emphasis. We have started working in that direction. And I believe that by 2025 we will announce Himachal Pradesh as a green state.”

It is worth mentioning that Himachal Pradesh is a power-surplus state. It has also emerged as one of the most advanced states in the country, with excellent socio-economic indicators.

Terming his visit to the national capital as a courtesy meeting, Sukhu said, “It was a courtesy meeting with the President and the Vice President after I became Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister and invited them to the hill state.”

To a question about why he asked the ministers of his government to spend in a disciplined way, Sukhu said, “I have asked them to be disciplined in terms of expenditure as I want our focus on development work to remain a priority. I want no compromise in terms of expenditure for developmental work.”

It is worth mentioning that Himachal Pradesh has a debt of over ₹70,000 crore. Congress’ decision to implement the old pension scheme and give ₹1,500 to every woman in the state, will only add more pressure on the state government.

In its bid to dislodge Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from power, Congress has announced several soaps to the people in the run-up to the assembly polls. The move appeared to have paid off as Congress returned to power after winning 40 out of 68 seats in the state.

On the contentious issue of increasing Value Added Tax (VAT) on diesel by ₹3 in the state, CM Sukhu said, “The diesel prices in Himachal Pradesh are still low as compared to the states of Uttarakhand, Punjab and the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi.”

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