Speech by Dr. Jyoti Parikh
- A very good
morning and hearty welcome to Dr Manmohan Singh, Honorable Prime
Minister, Shri Sushil Kumar Shinde, Honorable Minister for Power,
Dr. Kirit Parikh, Member Planning Commission, Shri R. V. Shahi,
Secretary Power, Members of our conclave advisory board viz. Shri
R.P. Singh, CMD of Power Grid Corporation Ltd Shri Rakesh Bakshi,
CMD of Vestas RRB Ltd. and very distinguished delegates in the
audience, ladies and gentlemen.
- This is an
overwhelming and historic moment for IRADe and myself. Nearly
four years ago when we were discussing the need for setting up
this institution, Dr. Manmohan Singh graciously gave his advice
and gave us guidance. He is a founding member of this young institution.
He has always supported independent economic analysis in various
ways in many institutions spread around this country in different
- This is because
he recognizes that Independent institutions play an important
role in doing analysis of policy, keeping track of the relevant
issues and raising new concerns. For example, fifteen years ago
in Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) my
Ph.D. students and I did a simulation model with 200 major power
plants and 70 transmission lines for the World Bank and the Ministry
of Power, which estimated the long term benefits of inter regional
transfer of power. They were substantial. Perhaps as a result
subsequently the Power Grid Corporation was set up known then
as NPTC. About 5 papers were written on model applications and
published in IEEE transactions.
- IRADe focuses
on research for effective action through multi-disciplinary and
multi-stakeholder groups for implementable solutions that could
lead to effective governance. We carry out policy analysis, impart
training and serve as a hub of network among various stakeholders.
The key focal areas are Energy Systems-policy and planning, Natural
Resources and Environment management, Climate Change and Clean
development Mechanism, Infrastructure-industry and institutions,
Rural and Urban Development. With about 26 projects, many completed,
some on-going, IRADe has a multifaceted research program.
- Today not
only we but also the world is optimistic about India’s future,
expecting India to grow at 8% to 12 %. All of these enthusiastic
expectations come with a caveat about energy and infrastructure
saying "If there are no major hurdles on energy front".
- On the hope
front, we have a vibrant private sector emerging now in the energy
sector in the last five years, which will supplement the efforts
of the public sector, which emerged and got strengthened since
sixties and seventies. The days are gone when only government
borrowed funds from public savings or from donors. Instead we
see now over subscription of IPOs and new ways of financing our
capital needs are emerging.
- Today, we
have gathered to evolve a path for implementation of Integrated
Energy Policy proposed by the expert committee set up by the Planning
Commission. The program has 10 sessions on various themes and
issues discussed in Integrated Energy Policy (IEP). What IEP says
for each session is summarized in the souvenir for your ready
- I would like
to mention here two themes on which IRADe has worked for ‘action’
and ‘advocacy’ which are relevant to the energy conclave. One
is biofuels for energy security where we have carried out techno-economic
analysis to identify conditions in which biofuels can flourish.
The second is the need for access to energy for poor and for rural
development. What emerges is that for improving social well-being,
clean energy is important. Can we not make a promise to women
and children who toil to gather fuels that they will not have
to carry head loads of firewood by 2015? 2020? 2030? The experience,
wisdom and power in this hall is large enough to change matters.
- IRADe looks
forward to the Energy Conclave to generate ideas and research
agenda from this august audience, and identify steps to implement
the Integrated Energy Policy. We have the stakeholders from the
five ministries and several institutions who have to collaborate,
cooperate and coordinate to ensure energy security for the country
in times to come.
- I welcome
you once again and thank you all.