Where did the 'green' go?

The Budget dashes the hopes generated in the run-up. The key issues concerning energy and environmental challenges were given a rather lukewarm treatment.

One of the burning issues that should have been resolved when oil prices slumped is petroleum pricing. Despite all the hype, recognition of India's import dependence and, in turn, sensitivity to international price fluctuations, the only big promise in the Budget was yet another expert group on the subject. The focus is only on petrol and diesel. It's time the government addressed LPG and kerosene subsidy as well. Even if we have to wait for a smart card system, before moving to an effective subsidy delivery system, the groundwork for these changes is needed.

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