Topic-Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
7) Solar power is turning rural India bright and shining. Discuss the recent initiatives taken by the Centre in this direction with special emphasis on agrarian economies of rural India. (250 words)
Why this question:
The question is in the context of central government’s recent initiatives of providing farmers with solar pumps and other incentives to use renewable solar energy to aid their agriculture practices along with an opportunity to earn an extra income.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must discuss briefly the importance of solar energy in the rural regions of India, its contributions in the development and growth of the villages, agrarian systems and in realizing the dream of doubling farmer’s income.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Begin with the importance of the Solar energy specifically in the context of rural regions, establish the interlinkages.
The answer should mainly focus upon listing out the different Initiatives of the Centre in this direction; the aims and objectives of such policies and schemes along with examples justifying the significance of the same.
Discuss how Solar energy would enhance livelihood prospects, improve efficiency in rural households, provide for opportunities and bridge massive infrastructure gaps and improve the social, economic, environment aspects of rural India.
Conclude with key role of Centre in expediting this process. It must develop new and affordable sources of solar energy, besides educating the rural masses about the benefits of switching to solar.