16 Feb 2012

Karno GuhathakurtaIt was a trade exhibition abuzz with the restrained chatter of busy suited executives at company stalls making contacts and finalising deals. Nothing out of place except that this trade was about renewable energy technologies, which have unconventional reasons for growth. First, these technologies are seen as the most economical and feasible source of energy for millions of people unconnected to the electricity grid and having no electricity to light their houses or cook their food. This energy poverty is disabling and needs to be eradicated.

Ensuring equitable economic growth and protecting the environment will be the most crucial challenges facing the Asian countries in the coming years, acclaimed academics said at a symposium yesterday.

Policymakers must come up with strategies from a new angle, unlike the traditional approach to growth which is not sustainable, they said at a symposium titled "Imagining Another Future for Asia:

NEW DELHI: With the Finance Ministry throwing up its hands for supporting such a big programme in the renewable energy sector, the Union Government is contemplating reducing the target of the recently launched Jawaharlal Solar Mission from the original 20,000 MW to a more reasonable limit when the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, launches the programme on Monday.

Nitin Sethi | TNN
New Delhi: The Prime Minister