Keeping with the agreement to cooperate in areas of science, technology, trade and economics, India will give a hand in improving Pakistan’s energy sector. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) will collaborate with LEAD Pakistan, the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) Pakistan and the Buksh Foundation to launch “Lighting a Million Lives” campaign in Pakistan. The campaign is of two days and will start from October 12 this year with a high-level multi-stakeholder Conference on Energy Access in Islamabad.
The title of the campaign is very philosophical indeed, as lighting a million lives through bring energy into their homes is not only metaphorical, but practical too. Energy has become the basic necessity in a world of today filled with fast communication and transportation system. It is a sad fact that due to mismanagement, unaccountability and corruption, Pakistani nation faces energy crisis.
For a country like India, which itself has a lot of unlit areas in its own land, to reach out to Pakistan for helping solve energy crisis in some measure is a moment of reflection to those who make policies of governance. TERI has been involved in lighting up 328,750 homes in rural parts of India and has been instrumental for similar initiatives in Africa, South East Asia, and with other South Asian states. The reason TERI has come across to Pakistan is to develop a kind of a trustworthy environment for clean energy transaction between the two South Asian neighbours.
In a recent few months, Pakistan has been reaching out to a lot of other European and developed countries to help Pakistan in energy crisis and talked about making a deal to transfer technology and expertise to solve the issue. However, the government itself must do what it can and should with Pakistan’s natural energy resources to benefit the masses.