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Fm Nirmala Sitharaman Rejects Claims Of Coal Crisis In India At Harvard Kennedy School In America

World Desk, Amar Ujala, Boston

Published by: Gaurav Pandey
Updated Wed, 13 Oct 2021 05:04 PM IST

Summary

Regarding reports of shortage of coal in the country, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday termed such reports as baseless and said that there is no shortage of coal in India. He said that India is a power surplus country. The Finance Minister said this at the Harvard Kennedy School in America. During this, he also talked about vaccination against the corona virus epidemic and the Indian health services.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
– Photo: PTI (File)

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was taking part in talks organized by the Mosavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School. Here Harvard professor Lawrence Summers asked a question about the news related to coal shortage in India. In response, Sitharaman said that Power Minister RK Singh had made a statement a few days ago, in which he had termed the news about coal shortage and power crisis as baseless.

He said, ‘Absolutely baseless! There is no shortage of anything. In fact, if I recall the statement of the minister (RK Singh), every power generating station has stock for the next four days in its premises and the supply chain has not been affected at all.’ Sitharaman said that no such shortfall is going to happen which could lead to a shortfall in power supply. In such a situation, the situation regarding electricity in India is fine. Now we are a power surplus country.

Said on Kovid vaccination – this is the result of decades of hard work
Regarding the vaccination campaign against the corona virus epidemic in India here, Sitharaman said that over the decades, India has gradually prepared its institutional arrangements. There are primary health centers at the village level which provide basic primary services to the patients in those areas. Finance Minister Sitharaman said that necessary vaccinations are given to children at these health centers and these health centers have also played an important role in preventing the spread of polio.

Regarding how the Government of India managed 100 crore doses, Sitharaman said that as soon as the vaccine against Corona became available, we were ready to introduce it to the people. We also went to remote areas and administered doses of vaccine to people there. He said that it was a challenge before us to keep the vaccine in proper temperature during transportation. But fortunately the two vaccines that we are using have not faced such a problem in transportation.

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was taking part in talks organized by the Mosavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School. Here Harvard professor Lawrence Summers asked a question about the news related to coal shortage in India. In response, Sitharaman said that Power Minister RK Singh had made a statement a few days ago, in which he had termed the news about coal shortage and power crisis as baseless.

He said, ‘Absolutely baseless! There is no shortage of anything. In fact, if I recall the statement of the minister (RK Singh), every power generating station has stock for the next four days in its premises and the supply chain has not been affected at all.’ Sitharaman said that no such shortfall is going to happen which could lead to a shortfall in power supply. In such a situation, the situation regarding electricity in India is fine. Now we are a power surplus country.

Said on Kovid vaccination – this is the result of decades of hard work

Regarding the vaccination campaign against the corona virus epidemic in India here, Sitharaman said that over the decades, India has gradually prepared its institutional arrangements. There are primary health centers at the village level which provide basic primary services to the patients in those areas. Finance Minister Sitharaman said that necessary vaccinations are given to children at these health centers and these health centers have also played an important role in preventing the spread of polio.

Regarding how the Government of India managed 100 crore doses, Sitharaman said that as soon as the vaccine against Corona became available, we were ready to introduce it to the people. We also went to remote areas and administered doses of vaccine to people there. He said that it was a challenge before us to keep the vaccine in proper temperature during transportation. But fortunately the two vaccines that we are using have not faced such a problem in transportation.

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