By Green Tech Lead :
At the pre budget consultation with the Finance Minister
Pranab Mukherjee, Greenpeace urged the government to focus on financial measures, for the Union Budget 2012-2013, which will enable the sustainable growth of the country.
“The union budget reflects the thinking and policies of the government towards ensuring the kind of development that the country wants hence it is absolutely necessary that our government adopts a systematic approach that guarantees sustainability in progress in the long run,” said Samit Aich, executive director, Greenpeace India.
While the government has already acknowledged the concerns over deteriorating soil health in Greenpeace in its submission demanded a separate
budgetary allocation for ecological fertilization in the Union budget 2012-13which is not less than 25percent of what is kept aside as subsidies for chemical fertilizers as a first step.
This allocation should initially cover the worst affected districts in the country in terms of excessive fertilizer usage and corresponding soil degradation and should be spread out progressively across the country.
Besides allocations for ecological fertilization the Greenpeace submission also emphasized on the need for charting out an energy paradigm drastically different from the current carbon intensive one.
is necessary for meeting the country’s energy security and generation capacity for the upcoming plan period and overcoming the development challenge the it faces.
In this direction the forthcoming budget needs to create support mechanisms including:
Allocations for decentralized energy solutions through renewable sources towards meeting
objectives of energy access for all
Creation of financial frameworks which have dedicated streams of financing like the CAMPA funds, for the expansion of renewable energy in India, matching India’s significant RE potential.
While demanding for investing on renewables the Greenpeace submission also urged the government to introduce a levy of 1
percent of the gross revenue with Telecom service providers, as a way of recovering the losses resulting from the diversion of the indirect subsidy on diesel.
Telecom sector, the second largest diesel consumer after the railways eats up 2600 crores of subsidies. The levy is also expected to accelerate the transition of the sector from dirty fuels like diesel to renewables.
“If the government is committed to providing energy access and sustainable livelihood to the millions across the country, the 2012 Union Budget should reflect the same. We need to create an environment which is conducive for accelerated investment in ecological fertilization and renewable energy,” Aich