Expect interesting proposals for power sector in Budget 2015: Piyush Goyal

"We are looking for innovative financing model, which will help us to revive the power sector and investments in it," says the minister.

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Expect interesting proposals for power sector in Budget: Goyal

Stating that some interesting proposals for infrastructure development can be expected in the Union Budget, Coal and power Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday hoped for an innovative financing model to help revive power sector and investments.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the Budget in Parliament on February 28.

"Well the Finance Minister is on record it is going to be a growth-oriented Budget. It is going to encourage investment. In terms of the Power sector, I'm a very fairly satisfied for the department. We have got all that we wanted in the first Budget itself," Goyal told reporters here.

Speaking on the sidelines of the Bangalore India Bio 2015, an annual biotech event, he said: "But, we are looking for innovative financing model which will help us to revive the power sector and investments in the power sector."

"I'm sure that the Finance Minister is seized of the problems that the infrastructure investments are facing and you will see some very interesting proposals coming out of this Budget," he added.

On the Electricity Amendment Bill, Goyal said it had already been placed before the Lok Sabha with important elements - strengthening the regulatory mechanism and giving a great thrust to the renewable energy, both in terms of renewable power obligation for consumer as well as the renewable generation obligation.

He said "there is going to be stricter compliance of the obligation on companies to purchase renewable power, as our humble contribution to climate change."

"Third and most important element is that the people will have the choice just like a mobile phone to choose who their supplier will be, and if they are not happy with the supplier's service or pricing or quality of power they will have the ability to port out or to change their supplier," Goyal added.

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