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Sustainable Energy and Poverty Alleviation

There are proven sustainable models and processes that link sustainable energy solutions to poverty alleviation. But they get lost in the large picture because of lack of understanding of the grassroot problems that exist among the underserved communities of India. That needs to change if we have to tackle poverty in a more systematic way – decentralized sustainable energies like solar, biomass, small wind, etc. provide these solutions.

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Policies not conducive for Grassroot level Energy Enterprises

Time and again policy makers have spoken of the importance of emergence of rural enterprises in India; especially in the rural sector. Reliable rural energy service can only be provided by ground level rural enterprises; an entity that has to be at the doorstep of the rural client for it to deliver the required service.

Many policies around the country have been formulated in order to cater to the needs of these rural enterprises. Sadly negligible numbers of these policies are pragmatic in approach. Most of the policies are directed towards creating monopolies of certain urban financial and manufacturing institutions in the rural areas and thus making the sustainable rural dependent on the unsustainable urban world.

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