By Dr Sanjib Pohit
The author is Chief Economist, National Council for Applied Economic Research, Delhi
There is an intrinsic relationship between energy uses and economic development and India needs, at the very least, to increase its primary energy supply by 3 to 4 times and, its electricity generation capacity/supply by 5 to 6 times of their 2003 levels.
India needs to grow rapidly for a number of years if she is to eradicate poverty and give her people a satisfactory standard of living. Only rapid sustainable growth can generate the resources needed to provide social and physical infrastructure for education, health services, clean water, sanitation, transport and energy. Also, a fast developing economy can create adequate opportunities for gainful employment for all its people. India, as most other tropical countries, is also likely to face increasing constraints due...