Saturday, February 7, 2009

HEDON - Fact sheet for policy makers

...Dr. N. Sai Bhaskar Reddy said that he agreed with Karabi Dutta on the possibilities. As compared to the subsidies provided in all the aspects of energy say in Andhra Pradesh State, India 1. Free electricity for farmers to irrigate from bore wells / lift irrigation 2. Rs. 50/- exclusive subsidy by State Government on every LPG cylinder for 1.05 core consumers 3. Subsidy on Kerosene and petrol (till recently not comparing with present prices). With 20% of the budget spent on the above aspects 80% of the population’s requirement of good stoves can be addressed. As free houses are provided to people in villages, there is no provision for a stove. With hardly 2% to 3% of the cost of a house, along with the house a good stove could also be provided to the rural population. With elections nearing in Andhra Pradesh, again more free power promises are being made, but not much importance to the biomass based stoves, which constitute the majority...

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