The taxation system should be conducive to making in India: S.C. Tripathi, Former Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas

18 December, 2017


The taxation system should be such that it encourages make in India, said Former Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, S.C. Tripathi, referring to the lower GST on finished products and higher rates on components. He was speaking at ASSOCHAM’s International Conference on Solar India Sustainable Solar industry at New Delhi. Harnessing Solar Energy is a long term project and must be dealt with in its entirety. This means the short term as well as long-term measures.

Union Minister of State (IC) Culture and Environment, Forest and Climate Change Dr. Mahesh Sharma, spoke of how about 60% of villages in India only receive electricity for 3-4 hours in a day. He thus emphasized the need for young people to innovate and solve the power needs of the country. This he said, is also important for India to counter Chinese Competition.

Chairman, ASSOCHAM National Council on Waste and Water Management and IASRD, Dr. K.D. Gupta spoke about how R and D needs to be patronised. This, he said, is essential for India to meet its target of producing 100 Gigawatts by 2020. 

A knowledge paper titled Sustainable Solar Industry- A Way Forward was released during the conference. This was followed by technical discussions on Optimization of Solar Industry for Sustainable Solar Power and Innovative Technology and Investment Opportunities to develop Solar Industry. Technical experts and distinguished dignitaries included Former Director BHEL and Founder President, EMPI Business School, Gurnam Sharan; Chief Electrical Engineer/Planning, DMRC, Manjul Singhal; CEO, Skill Council for Green Jobs (SCGJ), Dr. Praveen Saxena; Director (Scientist F), Ministry of New and Renewable Energy ( MNRE), Dr. P.C. Pant; Former Vice Chancellor and Founder President ‘Environment and Peace Foundation’, Professor (Dr.) Virendra Goswami; and Secretary General ASSOCHAM, D.S. Rawat amongst many others.