Various employee unions have opposed the move, saying that it could lead to printing of excess or fake tickets.
Physical progress in implementation of rural electrification aside, there is a big question mark over the potential impact of the programme as many households in ‘electrified’ villages continue to live without power.
If the proposal to impose a 70% safeguard duty on solar cells and panels from China, Taiwan and Malaysia is implemented, it could impact the viability of under-construction solar projects and spoil the investment climate in the sector.
The move will require the over 400 employees of Central Railways to shift to another building.
If ‘e-mobility’ takes off in a big way, it could adversely affect the demand for petrol and diesel in domestic as well as in overseas markets, potentially upending the calculations of India’s refiners.
The ‘On-Board Condition Monitoring System,’ which would detect track and rolling defects, hasn’t taken off from the initial expression of interest stage.
From improving operational metrics to transitioning towards electric, Goyal is moving from one policy quagmire to another, trying to shore up as many as he can.
A recent article claimed that the Modi government has significantly improved or tweaked the implementation of various schemes started by the UPA-II administration. But the numbers quoted need to be questioned.
Coal and railway minister Piyush Goyal has remained curiously silent, even though the current crisis has been sparked by the railways’ failure to transport adequate amounts of coal.
Although the state-run power sector lender doesn’t follow RBI guidelines on loan restructuring norms yet, the CAG has in the past pointed to gaps in its due diligence process.
Amid an emerging crisis triggered by a fall in hydel and nuclear power generation, the coal ministry is continuing to discourage imports in an effort to defend its narrative of surplus coal availability.
It appears that one set of senior railway officials had Suresh Prabhu’s ear and another now has Goyal’s ear. Has the existing bureaucracy merely gained an upper hand again or has the bureaucratic animal been transformed?
At a recent top-level meeting, it was mooted that a change in the ‘power surplus’ narrative would help in tackling India’s abnormally low capacity utilisation levels.
Now that the government has stepped in to bat for BJP president Amit Shah’s son, it should clear up questions about Rajesh Khandvala’s KIFS – with which he has had business dealings.
Growth in bad loans raises questions about due diligence measures followed by renewable energy, power PSUs over last five years.
The ambitious programme was launched in 2015 by the then railways minister Suresh Prabhu with a finalised PPP model approved by the cabinet after prolonged deliberations with stakeholders.
Manik Dogra, Jay Amit Shah’s lawyer, responds.
BJP president Amit Shah’s son, Jay Shah, has seen a dramatic increase in some of his businesses since Narendra Modi became prime minister.
According to the railways minister, the reduction in jobs just shows that more and more young people want to be entrepreneurs.
The Indian government seems to have fallen for the Big Business’ agenda of using electric cars even as climate change is accelerating.
Police currently believe that the short-circuiting of an electronics box near the foot-over-bridge may have caused panic, setting off the stampede.
The Railways is now exploring various ways for General Electric, which was awarded the contract in 2015, to smoothly exit the Rs 2,000-crore project.
While an e-procurement process was already in place, ministry officials feel that it hasn’t brought down expenses enough.
The new railways minister has also decided to man all unmanned level crossings within a year.
The state-run transporter is struggling with the absence of adequate security systems, deficiencies in track maintenance and a severe lag in adopting new technology.
Misrepresenting images to further political aims is a recurring issue – and Piyush Goyal’s power ministry is only the latest in a long list of those in power to do so.
India’s energy sector seems to have veered decisively towards solar and wind power as tariffs tumble and investment pour in, but experts fear that overly optimistic developers could be punching above their weight.
India needs to combine vast improvements in local-level energy initiatives with the effective implementation of clean coal to power the major cities.
The government announced safety audit for all mines in the country in the wake of one of the worst open cast mine disaster in Rajmahal, killing at least 18 people.
Kiren Rijiju and his cousin Goboi Rijiju have been named in an alleged fraud involving the Kameng Hydro Electric Project that “may extend to Rs 450 crores”
The decision was taken after the central trade unions gave a call for a one-day pan-India strike on September 2 to protest against the government’s labour reforms.
Contrary to Modi’s Independence Day mention, only 159 households in UP’s Nagla Fatela are electrified, all illegally. How did the PM get this wrong?
The highly outdated ‘10% figure’ needs to be increased, while the government’s focus must be shifted from electrifying villages to ensuring that rural households have access to electricity.
The Congress will be a big loser and the BJP hopes that increased numbers and support from other parties could help it push crucial bills