Abhishek Punetha has been awarded the Girish Sant Memorial Fellowship for 2018.
Abhishek completed his Masters in Public Policy and Governance from Azim PremjI University, Bengaluru. He did his bachelors in Poitical Science, Economics and English literature from Kumaun University, Uttarkhand.
His research interest lies within the domain of Law, Society and Culture. He has been actively engaged with 'Culture of Reading' campaign run by 'Aarambh' in Uttarakhand.
The following reports are the result of a journey undertaken with the support of 'Girish Sant Memorial Fellowship.' The engagement started by looking into the 'Regulatory Governance Aspect of Hydropower Development in Uttarakhand' and resulted in the form of two reports.
The report 'CAG Audit Reports and Hydropower Projects: A Commentary' enlists the governance issues in the hydropower sector using the CAG Audit reports and discusses the significance and limitations of these audit reports.
The second report is titled 'Reflections on Social Impact Assessment in Indian Context: An Engagement with SIA report of Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project.' This report discusses the deficiencies in the SIA report of the Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project and reflects on it to analyse the SIA framework of India. In this process, the report also briefly sheds light on the conceptual evolution of SIA and the recent developments around it.