India could be second-largest economy by 2030: Modi

Vastavam web: Prime Minister Narendra Modi exuded confidence on Monday that India would continue to be the fastest-growing large economy, and could be the second-largest economy in the world by 2030. “Leading agencies such as IMF and World Bank project the same trend to continue in the coming years. In an uncertain global economic environment, India has shown tremendous resilience as an anchor of the world economy,” Modi said addressing inaugural address of Petrotech 2019 here.

Modi said, currently, India is fastest-growing large economy in the world… and it “recently became the sixth-largest economy in the world. According to a recent report, by 2030 India could be the second-largest world economy.” On the roller coaster movement of crude oil and pricing of petroleum, he said, “We need to move to responsible pricing which balances interests of both producers and consumers. We also need to move toward transparent and flexible market for both oil and gas, only then we can serve energy needs of humanity in optimal manner.”

He also said that India has made rapid strides in achieving COP21 targets and are on way to achieve those. He said, “India has the fourth-largest refining capacity in the world. This will further grow up by about 200 million metric tonnes by 2030. Our national bio fuel policy has enacted last year… research on second and third generation bio fuel is being promoted. 12-second generation bio refineries are being set up in 11 states.” He was of the view that energy justice is also key objective for him and a top priority for India.

“Toward this end, we have developed and implemented many policies. The results of these efforts are now evident. Electricity has reached all our rural areas. This year, we aim to achieve 100 per cent electrification of households in India through a targeted programme called Saubhagya. As we raise production, we also aim to reduce losses in transmission and distribution,” he added.

He also mentioned that under our UDAY scheme, the government is working towards this objective. India’s World Bank ease of electricity ranking improved from 111 in 2014 to 29 in 2018. Lauding energy efficiency programmes, he said that LED bulbs distributed across the country under UJALA scheme have resulted in an annual savings of Rs 17,000 crore or nearly USD 2.5 billion. Petrotech 2019, the 13th international oil and gas conference and exhibition, being organised under the aegis of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.