India is one of the fastest growing economies of the world. Hectic
efforts are being put by Central and State Governments to accelerate
economic growth. At the same time it is also recognized that growth
has to be inclusive and sustainable.
Energy is the engine of growth for any economy, much the same for
India. India’s energy consumption has witnessed a significant increase
in the recent past due to increasing population and the corresponding
increase in economic activities. This combined with the recent boost
given to the manufacturing sector will continue to lay pressure
on the existing energy sources that are available in limited quantities
within the country. Therefore, sustainable path to growth must encompass
sustainable, cleaner and efficient provision of energy. This necessitates
an enabling policy framework, its proper implementation and favorable
response from various sectors of the economy and civil society.
In other words, it requires an inclusive and collective decision
making and a common stake of society at large.
The inclusive nature of the process would take into account concerns
of all affected sections and would provide good measure of legitimacy
to the outcomes. To serve this purpose, the Grow-GET project will
create seed communities comprising relevant stakeholders in the
states of Rajasthan and West Bengal and subsequently at a national
level with an aim to work to move towards a more sustainable, green
and clean growth.