Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Indian Prime Minister House and Parliament House Prove Themselves Anti-Green

The electricity consumption bills for the years 2007-2009 for the Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Manmohan Singh’s New Delhi Residence, show a hefty amount that increased every year.

In 2007, it was about $26,808, and grew to $107,201 in 2008 and $248,130 in 2009. Similarly, those of the parliament house in New Delhi, the capital of India housing the central ministers, increased during that time from $1,691,489 in 2007, to $1,810,638 in 2009. The information was collected by RTI (Right to Information) activist Chetan Kothari, a resident of Mumbai, the financial capital of India.

RTI is a new act passed by Government of India (GoI) empowering any citizen of India to request any sort of information. The act has its own merits and demerits, in my opinion. On one hand, it has given power to the common man in India to seek information of any sort, but on the other hand, the most active RTI activists in the country are being attacked by the mafias fearing the exposure of large-scale malpractices being done behind the scenes. The mafias include many Members of Parliament, top level administrators and other powerful but unlawful entities in the country.

Coming back to Prime Minister House and the Parliament, it is very clearly visible that the Government of India lacks the courage of ‘Walk the Talk’. On one hand, the common man is facing huge power cuts in most parts of the country, and on the other hand, there is a tremendous increase in the power consumption in the top government offices. Do we need to declare to the world that we are ‘going green’ or is the world is going to believe what is clearly visible with the naked eye?

Read more: http://technorati.com/lifestyle/green/article/indian-prime-minister-house-and-parliament/#ixzz0vWpgrfqk
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