May 14, 2014
TERI takes an in-depth look at various developmental issues, as India gears up to welcome a new government.
Communication outline: With the new government, the high expectations of the electorate will test the functioning of the new dispensation. To achieve tangible results in the first 100 days, the new Government will have to perform beyond expectations in the field of sustainable development, which broadly covers fundamental issues such as water, energy and food security. It is important that the new government should focus on specific policies and institutional frameworks which will help achieve quick results and reverse the current trend.
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has come up with an advisory that addresses not only the way forward, but deals with the critical aspect of the cost of inaction. Along with chasing targets, we need leapfrog measures, which will cover the “un-served” populations. The advisory will have specific recommendations for each sector and how sustainable development can be achieved within a short span of time.
R K Pachauri, Director-General. TERI said, “Environmental issues are often presented within the framework of conflict between environment and development. What is attempted here is a refreshing departure which provides a price tag on the damage that poor environmental quality and degradation is imposing on human society and how substantially lower-cost action can avoid this burden. What is included here are sectors largely within urban areas, but a similar analysis and presentation is essential for rural environmental degradation as well. Undoubtedly, that would be a far more complex challenge analytically, but given the large population in our villages, ignoring such analysis would be at the cost of ignoring the welfare of two-thirds of our population.”