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India planning body may tax petrol, diesel in clean energy drive



Asia Pulse
February 22, 2011

The Indian Planning Commission yesterday pitched for a tax on polluting energy sources like petrol and diesel to cross subsidise the clean energy initiatives in the country. "There is very strong case for introducing cross subsidy by charging a cess on polluting energy specifically in order to subsidise non-polluting energy," Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwlia told a conference on Climate Change.

* "Unless we make it (non-polluting energy) self sufficient, the promotion of clean energy like wind and solar will all become subject of the actual amount of subsidy that can be provided in the budget," Ahluwalia said.

* The government, he said, "has taken a very important step in this direction last year by introducing a five per cent cess on coal whether imported or domestic to create green energy fund which will be used to support either research or implementation of such projects."

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