Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, announced here today that Andaman and Nicobar Islands will soon be converted into green islands . Shri Goyal said this while interacting with school children across the country through video link at the National Energy Conservation Day function .School children from 13 cities namely Shimla, Bhopal, Gandhi Nagar, Port Blair, Thiruvananthapuram, Raipur, Pune, Jalandhar, Agartala, Guntur, Patna, Itanagar and Guwahati participated in the interactive session.The Minister proposed to create a mobile application for auditing energy efficiency and said that with the help of mobile app every student can become energy auditor. The suggestion to this effect came from a student Bal Shiksha Niketan , School , Shimla.
Shri Goyal also answered query put forward by students from Guntur about rural electrification. He said that the draft of Scheme for providing solar street lights in rural areas is under active consideration of the Ministry and would be finalized soon. The Minister accepted the feedback of a student from Thiruvananthapuram who suggested switching off the lights in the shopping malls at night for conserving power. Shri Goyal directed the officials to take up with Municipal Corporations to devise the ways to stop unnecessary wastage of energy at the shopping Malls which are located in urban areas. Winding up the interactive video session with the students , Shri Goyal urged the students to become torch bearers of Government drive for Energy Conservation and Efficiency . Shri Goyal assured the students that he is committed to implement all the announcements made on the occasion.