Government’s first budget promotes solar energy, safety for women

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A worker cleans photovoltaic solar panels inside a solar power plant at Raisan village near Gandhinagar

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Funds to help farmers adapt to climate change, ultra-modern solar power plants and schemes to promote women’s safety in cities are among pledges the new government made in its first budget on Thursday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, which swept to power in May, said in its 2014/15 budget that it would establish a National Adaptation Fund to help millions of farmers adapt to changing weather patterns resulting from global warming. “Climate change is a reality which all of us have to face together. Agriculture as an activity is most prone to the vagaries of climate change,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told parliament.


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