Govt of India has reconfirmed their plans to go full ballistic for electric cars. An announcement which will make Elon Musk and patrons of electric vehicles super happy, India plans to allow the sale of only electric cars by 2030, which is just 13 years away.
This means that petrol/diesel cars won’t be allowed on the road after 2030.
This is a massive, powerful endorsement of electric, green technology, and can change transportation industry forever.
During CII’s Annual Session 2017, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said, “We are going to introduce electric vehicles in a very big way. We are going to make electric vehicles self- sufficient like UJALA. The idea is that by 2030, not a single petrol or diesel car should be sold in the country,”
UJALA or Unnat Jivan by Affordable LEDs and Appliances for All is a Govt. scheme in which LED light bulbs have been heavily discounted and provided at subsidised rates for all Indians, and have already proven to be a massive hit.
As per the Minister, Govt. is right now talking with agencies such NTPC and others, to work out a feasible solution for mass-scale investment in electric vehicles sector, and bring down the costs involved. He admitted that once people realise that using electric cars is cheaper, then more and more usage would follow.
Citing the incredible success of UJALA scheme, the Minister said, “Through UJALA, the LED distribution programme, we have already seen about 500 million LED bulbs sold in the last two years. My job is to improve India’s energy efficiency to reduce consumption wherever it is wasteful and ensure that demand is met fully.”
In 2015, Govt. had introduced FAME program to provide incentives to buy electric cars. At that time, it was decided to introduce 70 lakh electric cars in India by 2020.
This year, Govt. allowed plying of some electric vehicles, without any permits. In February this year, Govt. planned to replace all commercial cars with electric cars by 2020; a decision which we have argued to be unrealistic.
Niti Aayog Suggests Outsourcing Govt. Jobs
Meanwhile, National Institution for Transforming India or Niti Ayog, a Govt. think-tank which has now replaced Planning Commission, has recommended the introduction of more outsourcing for Govt. jobs, and have strongly suggested inviting talents from the private sector for doing Govt. jobs.
Indirectly criticising Civil Services, which brings in IAS and IPS officers who manage administrative jobs of Indian Govt., Niti Ayog has said about introduction of “competition to the established career bureaucracy”
Representatives of Civil Services have objected to Niti Aayog’s recommendations.
Planners at Niti Ayog have also announced to introduce 100% e-Governance in all sectors and departments by end of 2018.
A few days back, Niti Ayog invited controversy when they asked the Govt. to tax farmers as well, a decision which rattled all political supporters of the Govt.
In the end, Govt. had to clarify that they have no plans to tax farmers as of now.
Their recent statements have clearly blamed Govt. babus for their incompetency, and have recommended private talent to fill the gap. Will Govt. babus and IAS officers allow this to happen?
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