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Patna: The Centre for Environment and Energy Development (CEED) organised a civil society consultation here on Monday to discuss the framework to deliver the promises on sustainable environment made during the recently held state assembly election. Climate change had emerged as a main issue in the election and accordingly political parties have promised the deployment of Decentralised Renewable Energy (DRE) solutions as a part of mitigating climate impacts and energising the state economy that is witnessing slowdown in the post-COVID-19 scenario.
The civil society consultation titled “Delivering Promises: Energising Bihar through Renewable” is a part of a citizens-led public campaign ‘’Bolega Bihar, Akshay Urja Iss Baar’’ which aims to mainstream DRE solutions in the overall growth strategies of Bihar. The consultation also deliberated on the implementation roadmap for DRE enabled sustainable development pathways in the state.
Addressing the conclave, Member of the Bihar legislative council and former Union Minister Sanjay Paswan said that, “Our government is well aware about the resolutions taken in the election manifesto and we are committed to bring them on the ground. The State government has already shown commitment through the ‘Jal Jeewan Hariyali Mission’ and “Saat Nishchay-2″ initiatives, where solar street lights in every village, irrigation facilities to every farm, solid and liquid waste management in all villages and towns and many more similar sustainable steps are being taken at priority level for making Bihar a developed and prosperous state through the clean energy.”
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ramapati Kumar, CEO of CEED said that, “We appreciate that all political parties cutting across ideological lines made important promises on the DRE solutions in the state assembly election. Since the new government is in place, this is the right time to deliver the promises made to the people through a well defined and time bound implementation roadmap for energising Bihar through the DRE means.” People of Bihar have high hopes from the state government to show strong political will for ushering in a new era of sustainability and put Bihar a frontline state on the national map of the DRE deployment, Mr. Kumar concluded.
Amidst the crisis of climate change impacts and COVID-19 pandemic, Bihar needs a new vision roadmap that gives prominence to the creation of path breaking programs and initiatives such as Decentralized Renewable Energy Mission, Clean Air Framework, Solarization of Agriculture, Sustainable Urban Transport Mission, Solar Mission for Healthcare, which will immensely contribute in strengthening the state economy with creations of new jobs and livelihood options in an environmentally sustainable manner and ensure a faster economic development benefiting all people.
The consultation also brought several issues around and forged consensus on the need for convergent roles of all departments working with a clear vision, integrated approach of policy formulation and implementation and multi-stakeholder approach with bringing in all parties and sectors concerned for statewide deployment of DRE models in the state. The notable people who took part in various sessions of the consultation included Shri Ram Lal Khetan, President, Bihar Industries Association (BIA); Sri Saugata Datta, Country Director, Husk Power Systems; Dr. Meena Samant, Kurji Holy Family Hospital, Patna; Prateek Chourasia, RE Developer; Mr. Rakesh Pratap Singh, Bihar Head, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL); and key representatives of prominent civil society organisations, academic institutions and citizens groups across the state, etc.