Modi invites Britain for energy efficiency co-operation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said clean energy and preservation of environment were priority areas for his government and invited Britain to partner in these efforts.

Modi met British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg here and called for greater cooperation between the two countries in areas such as education, skill development, clean energy, infrastructure development, and cleaning of rivers.

Clegg, who was accompanied by British secretary of state for energy and climate change Ed Davey, conveyed Britain's desire to work together with India in realising the government's goal of economic and social transformation.

The release said Modi expressed appreciation for British Prime Minister David Cameron's personal interest and commitment to the relationship between the two countries. Both sides also discussed international issues relating to the World Trade Organisation ( WTO) and climate change.

"The prime minister said this was a priority area for the government. The government plans to develop 500 model towns in India with facilities for solid waste management and waste water treatment. Further, the government wants to develop all Himalayan states as "Organic States". He also articulated his vision of creating mass participation in energy efficiency. The prime minister invited Britain to partner in these efforts," the release said.

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