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  • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has been conferred the Skoch Award for National Significance.

Highlights:

  • The award has been conferred considering its purpose and critical role played in installing about 73 GW renewable energy capacity in the country.
  • With 21 per cent of total installed capacity, within the year renewable energy grossed one billion units of electricity in the country.
  • Today, India ranks 4 in the world in wind energy capacity and 5th in solar & total renewable energy capacity installed in the world.
  • India has played a critical role in setting up of international solar alliance. Further, India moved a resolution during the first meeting for making it a global initiative.

Skoch Group:

  • Skoch Group is a think tank dealing with socio-economic issues with a focus on inclusive growth.
  • According to their website they have instituted India’s highest independent civilian honours in the field of governance, finance, technology, economics and social sector.

SKOCH Award:

  • It celebrates excellence of governance delivery by domain departments.
  • This includes having sufficient familiarity, capacity and knowledge about the functionality of their systems, processes and outcomes.
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