Opinion

"Reforms are needed in the upstream sector"

18 Jan 2000 |
| The Economic Times

The energy sector in India has been witnessing significant shifts in the past few years. Both the industry and policy-makers are gradually beginning to realise the fall-outs of the new policies, which are based on market principles rather than administrative prices. While, in the power sector, the government started off with a liberalised policy allowing private investors in generation, distribution and transmission, in the oil and gas sector, the government is now moving towards market prices for petroleum products instead of administered prices.

Greenbudgeting: essential for sustainable economic growth

17 Jan 2000 |
| TERI Newswire VI(2)

Even though Asia has been afflicted with a serious economic crisis during the end of the 1990s, India has done reasonably well in maintaining a healthy rate of growth. The current phase of economic reforms being implemented by the Government of India has raised expectations that economic growth will be accelerated even further, and investments for key sectors of the economy enhanced in the coming years.

In the time of trusteeship

08 Jan 2000 |
| Business Today

As we step into the New Millennium, the protection of the environment is a critical challenge for countries and companies alike. Historically, socialist countries like the former Soviet Union that practised rigid centralized planning were poor examples of social responsibility and environmental protection. In particular, a large number of cases from the former Soviet Union that are only now becoming known provide horror-stories of total disregard for environmental damage and destruction. Countries with free market economies too have emerged no better.

Greening of business

06 Jan 2000 |
| Chartered Financial Analyst 5(5)

There is actually no conflict between environmental protection and development. For thousands of years human society has been deeply responsible in ensuring its welfare while at the same time protecting the environment. However, the advent of the industrial revolution in the countries of the northern hemisphere somehow lost sight of the damage that industrial production and consumption of newer and larger quantities of goods and services would do to the environment.

Power sector reforms: resolute stand essential

02 Jan 2000 |
| TERI Newswire VI(1)

As this issue goes to press, the power sector in northern India is facing a serious labour problem, with the employees of the UPSEB (Uttar Pradesh State Electricity Board) having gone on strike and the danger of other states showing their sympathy by adopting ?work to rule? tactics. The stand taken by the UPSEB employees and unions deserves no public support, because the government of UP has rightly decided to corporatize the electricity industry in the state, with full assurance that all the rights and privileges of the employees will be protected in the new set-up.

To raise apple production in HP with global standards

01 Jan 1970 |
| CSR Times

Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and some areas of Uttarakhand and UP are the major apple producing states of India. Albeit these states are responsible to contributing above 90% of the total apple production of the country, they are far behind their international peers like Australia, New Zealand, USA and some European Countries while it comes to apple produced per hectare. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) felt the need to step into the terrain of Himachal Pradesh to connect the missinglinks.

To prevent recurrent monsoon flooding that brings India's metro cities to a halt, adopt the watershed approach

01 Jan 1970 |
Dr Shresth Tayal
| The Times of India

The horror of Chennai floods was still fresh in the mind when severe flooding crippled the millennium city of Gurugram and struck Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. Rain for only two hours paralysed life in glittering Gurugram, with knee-deep waterlogging forcing authorities to shut down schools and offices declaring a holiday. It is a reality of unsustainable urban development that population growth and visionless race for infrastructure is disturbing the natural equilibrium and worsening quality of life for urban residents.