The Ministry of Power
is an Indian government ministry
. The Minister of Power holds cabinet
rank as a member of the Council of Ministers
. The current minister is Sushilkumar Shinde
The ministry is charged with overseeing electricity
production and infrastructure development, including generation, transmission, and delivery, as well as maintenance projects. India faces challenges in electrical supply and delivery, and is often unable to meet demand, even in very large cities.
The ministry acts as a liaison between the central government and state
electricity operations, as well as with the private sector
. The ministry also oversees rural electrification projects.
The Ministry of Power became a ministry on July 2, 1992. Prior to that time it had been a department (the Department of Power) in the Ministry of Power, Coal and Non-Conventional Energy Sources. That ministry was split into the Ministry of Power, Ministry of Coal
, and Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources (renamed the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy