ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Evaluating the Performance of the National Clean Energy Fund

The National Clean Energy Fund has been created as a funding mechanism ostensibly for research and development in the fi eld of clean energy technologies. So far, the fund has collected Rs 8,200 crore from the clean energy cess, but the processes of disbursement are mired with confusion. This note evaluates the fund's functioning by accessing, through Right to Information applications, the minutes of the fi rst three meetings of the Inter-Ministerial Group, the highly empowered bureaucratic body responsible for determining guidelines, eligibility and appraisal criteria and recommending projects for fi nal approval.

In the preparation of this note, the authors acknowledge the contributions of Kunal Sharma and Sriya Mohanty of the Sakti Sustainable Energy Foundation and of Pooja Parvati and Soumya of the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability. The note is a condensed version of the policy brief published by the CBGA.

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