Tributes to Girish Sant

The following tributes to Girish were published on various platforms.

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#65 Guest 2014-02-20 10:11
I am sorry for the belated tributes to Mr Girish. He will always inspire many of us. I had only one opportunity to interact with him regarding NMEEE. I found his approach very transparent and truthful

Sunil Sood
#64 Guest 2013-07-25 11:56
Girish was my senior at H5 IIT Bombay.
Met him 2 decades later on a bus journey from Bombay to Pune.
He was passionate about Prayas.
Shocked to learn about his demise at his prime.
Bharat Pant
#63 Shailaja D Sharma 2013-02-26 13:50
We were at IIT-B during the same years. Decades later when I ran into him in Delhi I was trying to place him, unsuccessfully. Among other things, he led a rock climbing expedition that I participated in. Shocked and saddened by the belated news of his passing.
#62 Vijay Kundaji 2013-02-19 17:05
Dear Friends at Prayas,

Just yesterday I restarted an assignment at an organization serving the needs of the solar/PV community that I had been associated with earlier in 2009-11.

And I have just found out today that Girish Sant, whom I had been in touch with back then, passed away last year. Needless to say, I am shocked and saddened to hear of this.

My deepest sympathies to everyone in his family and among his associates. I salute his service, his wisdom and a life well lived.

Kind regards.
Vijay Kundaji
#61 Prashant Kardekar 2013-01-13 17:07
I came to know this shocking news late after a year. I met Mr Sant only once some 4 years ago but this news has brought tears in my eyes and I freely wept for the loss of a SAINT. In such a short inteaction over a cup of tea, he made a deep impact on me and made to think about possibility of contribution to society we live in- instead of just being selfish, too commercial in use of our knowledge & experience. He and Prayas Group shows the way we engineers can also share social responsibilies selflessly. The Primer "Know your Power" a preciuos gift from him personally to me, reminds me of his noble thoghts and simplicity.
#60 Abhishek Surana 2012-12-12 20:15
This is such a shocking news. My heartfelt condolences to his family. I know its very late but i just got to know about this after i received a mail about the Fellowship established in his remembrance. Such a tragedy. He would always be remembered for his contribution to the advocacy of environmental causes.
#59 Himanshu D Mishra 2012-08-14 13:18
I read few documents written by Girish Sir those were remarkable and dynamic concern shown towards energy issues. Though I haven't got chance to meet him but I feel I missed a chance to meet an iconic personality
#58 Sudheendra Kulkarni 2012-04-17 14:51
I know I am writing this tribute to Girish Sant awfully late.

I hadn't interacted with Girish very closely, but was a great admirer of his and his colleagues' work at Prayas. It takes enormous and sustained commitment to establish and grow an organisation like Prayas. Girish had it in him. The strong pro-people perspective that he imparted to the energy debate in India -- it has lessons for the rest of the world, too -- is a legacy that he has left behind.

My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
Sudheendra Kulkarni
#57 Abhijeet 2012-04-12 10:41
We have lost a studious activist. Very sad news. May his soul rest in peace.
#56 Raj Pati Mishra 2012-04-04 09:26
I feel really embarrassed to know about such a great personality has departed from the world who was really doing a great help to mother nature.

May his soul rest in peace. We must work hard to take his dream further about the empowering the mankind in particular and society by and large.

All the best to PRAYAS Group.

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Girish Sant Memorial Annual Event, 2021

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Energy: Taxes and Transition

The energy sector, and in particular, fossil fuels are a significant contributor to the overall revenue of India’s central and state governments. For example, the GST Compensation Cess, which started in 2010-11 with a cess of ₹50/ton on all coal has kept increasing over the years and now stands at ₹400/ton. Further, governments have traditionally depended heavily on taxes from petrol and diesel, and recent increases in excise and VAT further demonstrate this. Roughly 60-70% of the final prices of diesel and petrol respectively are made up of taxes. The total contribution to public tax revenue from taxes on coal, petroleum & natural gas, and electricity sectors amounted to about ₹6 lakh crores out of a total revenue of about ₹34 lakh crores in 2018-19. The taxes on energy sectors contributed 25% of the total tax revenue of the Centre, and 13% of the total tax revenue to the states. Since many energy sources are outside GST, these taxes cannot be offset. Moreover, since the bulk of the tax revenues from the energy sector accrue from fossil fuels, the inevitable energy transition away from fossil fuels towards renewables and electric mobility will have a significant impact on public tax revenues.

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