• Prime Minister has appointed longstanding votary of nuclear energy Anil Kakodkar as the head of the government's most ambitious, multi-billion rupee, national solar mission.

  • Kakodkar, former head of India's nuclear programme and currently a member of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), has been named chairman of the newly set up Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI).

  • The new government company has been positioned as the executing arm of one of the largest renewable programmes in the world - the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission. It will have authorised and initial paid up capital totalling Rs.2,600 crore, while implementation of the mission will involve several thousand crores of rupees over the next few years.