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Free flow
By D-Sector Team


In a proactive mode, Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan has proposed reducing the capacity of 17 operational hydropower projects on the 'Ganga' to ensure that there is continuous flow in the river. Whether or not such a move ensures sustained flow in the river would need to be technically examined but there is little denying the fact that the hydropower operators would seek judicial reprieve against such a proposal. What incentive would dissuade the operators from knocking the legal door is the challenge that the ministry shall have to confront? Unless the ministry is strategic in its approach, extending the proposal to 14 under construction projects and another 39 in the pipeline will be squandered!

Without doubt, water and energy are compelling needs of a growing society. At any given time, a third of the population has no access to electricity and nearly half the population faces water scarcity. With water and energy intertwined in hydropower muddle, the challenge would be to wriggle out of it through what is now known as 'sustainable hydropower'. Reducing power generation for maintaining river flows would only be feasible if it is backed by strong regulatory framework that minimizes power thefts and improves energy use efficiency. Only then the proposal would be worthy of green appreciation!



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The bad news is that corruption has not only sustained but has grown in size and stature in the country. With scams being a regular feature, seventy per cent respondents in a survey have rightfully opined that corruption has continued to increase in India. One in every two interviewed admit having paid a bribe for availing public services during last one year. Transparency International's latest survey reveals that the political parties top the chart for the most corrupt public institutions, followed by police force and legislatures. No wonder, India continues to make new records on the global corruption arena!

The shocking revelation is that the health and education sectors haven't remained untouched by this phenomenon. With 5th and 6th positions respectively for these sectors on the public perception chart on corruption, corruption has crept insidiously into these sectors of hope for the masses. With bureaucracy being fourth in the list of corrupt institutions in the country, corruption seems to have been non-formally institutionalized with little hope if public services would ever be effective in the country. With economic growth having literally institutionalized corruption, are we now expecting corrupt to be socially responsible - a different CSR.

Poor. Who?

Not giving 'aid' to India is one thing but calling it 'rich' is quite another. If one in three of the world's malnourished children live in India, what does average daily income of $3 indicate? It perhaps means that there is a relative decline in poverty - people are 'less poor' than what they used to be in the past. But having crossed the World Bank arbitrary threshold of $2 a day does not absolve the 'developed' countries of their obligation to part with 0.7 per cent of their Gross National Income in development aid. Should this three-decade old figure not be revised?  

An interesting debate in UK's House of Commons delved on future of development assistance by the British Government. While prioritizing limited resources has been a concern, there has been no denying the fact that development aid must be guided towards tangible gains over a short period of time to start with. There are difficult choices for elected governments to make - should they invest in long-term primary education or in short-term university scholarships? Which of these will bring gains and trigger long-term transformation in the society. As politicians continue to be divided on the matter, poverty persists!!   

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