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Speakers

Former Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of India | Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Social and Economic Progress
CEO, Rainmatter Foundation
Interlocutor

Date & Time

Tuesday Tue, 3 Jan 2023

Location

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India
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This talk by Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia will focus on the policies we will need to adopt to achieve reduction of India’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2070. This will not be easy because thus far, our emissions have been rising steadily. We have to get them to peak and then bring it down. There is no single magic bullet solution to achieve this. Action will be needed in several sectors and the responsibility for implementing the necessary policies is distributed across the Central government, the State government and even the Municipalities.

The main sectors are Power, Transport and Industry sector. The scope for action in each will be discussed, indicating what has to be done by the Centre and by the States. Much of the success, in this effort, depends upon how technology evolves. This is inherently uncertain but since the whole world will be working towards such technological breakthroughs, there is reason to be hopeful. The transformation envisaged will require additional investment, some from the private sector and some from the public sector. The possibilities for each component will be touched upon in the presentation.

The 45-50 minutes talk will be followed by a discussion with Sameer Sisodia and a Q&A with the audience.

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Speakers

Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Former Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of India | Distinguished Fellow, Centre for Social and Economic Progress

Montek Singh Ahluwalia, an economist, and civil servant, was former Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission, Government of India. He joined the Government in 1979 as Economic Adviser in the Ministry of Finance, after which he held a series of positions including Special Secretary to the Prime Minister; Commerce Secretary; Secretary in the Department of Economic Affairs; Finance Secretary in the Ministry of Finance; Member of the Planning Commission and Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister. In 2001, he was appointed as the first Director of the newly created Independent Evaluation Office of the International Monetary Fund. He resigned from that position in 2004 to take up the position of Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission which he held from 2004 to 2014.

Mr. Ahluwalia has been a key figure in Indian economic policy. He writes on various aspects of development economics and has been published in prominent Indian and international journals and books. He co-authored Re-distribution with Growth: An Approach to Policy, which, published in 1975, was a path-breaking book on income distribution. In February 2020, he published his book, Backstage: The Story Behind India’s High Growth Years, an insider’s account of policymaking from 1985 to 2014.

For his outstanding contribution to economic policy and public service, he was conferred the prestigious ‘Padma Vibhushan’ in 2011, India’s 2nd highest civilian award for exceptional and distinguished service.

Mr. Ahluwalia graduated from Delhi University and holds an MA and an MPhil in Economics from Oxford University. He is an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College Oxford.

Sameer Shisodia

CEO, Rainmatter Foundation

Sameer Shisodia heads the Rainmatter Foundation developing projects, and building funding and investments programs, among many other things. He left his long career in the tech industry a decade ago and partly moved to Coorg to experiment with sustainable farming, farm collectives, and his personal passion, rejuvenating soil and forests.