New Delhi: Solar power was becoming increasingly affordable and accessible to thousands of people, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Tuesday while addressing the joint session of both houses of parliament ahead of the budget session. 
“Today, under my government, solar power is affordable and accessible to thousands of people,” Mukherjee said.
The President added that the government has envisaged increasing the renewable energy capacity manifold to 175 GW by 2022.
“In the year 2015 India witnessed the highest ever generation of electricity,” he said.
“My government has launched Startup India campaign which would deepen, expand and support innovation ecosystem in the country,” Mukherjee said. 
The President was addressing the joint sitting of both houses of parliament, marking the traditional launch of the budget session.
He said the government’s mission of skilling India has gained momentum and 76 lakh people were trained last year.
Talking about the financial assistance to the farmers, Mukherjee said: “Assistance to farmers afflicted by the natural calamities has been increased by 50 percent and eligibility norms have been relaxed.”

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