Climate expert Suresh Prabhu appointed India’s Railways Minister

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19 November 2014

NEW DELHI: Suresh Prabhu, who chaired the Climate Change Association India (CCAI) - an affiliate organization of The Climate Group in India since June 2009 until recently - has been appointed to the Indian Cabinet as Minister for Railways.

As Chairperson of the CCAI Board, Suresh Prabhu’s personal vision and mission statement, “a sustainable future for one and all for generations to come”, drove him to carry out many renewable energy and climate change initiatives.

Rated as one of three future leaders of India by Asiaweek, Suresh has long championed low carbon growth in the country, and his guidance has helped lead The Climate Group India to many of its achievements - including winning at the Parivartan awards earlier this year.

Suresh Prabhu also took part in open discussions to support The Climate Group’s projects in India such as Bijli – Clean Energy for All and our LED street lighting work.

Krishnan Pallassana, India Director, The Climate Group describes the Minister as “a true champion” of the low carbon economy stating: “Suresh Prabhu has been our leader, mentor and guide for all these years. He has walked the talk and inspired people, business, institutions and governments alike to take bold measures toward a low carbon future.”

Suresh Prabhu’s focus has largely been on rural development and policies for energy conservation, including his recent work with government and civil societies to drive development initiatives in 1,200 villages in Rajapur.

But as a four-time member of the Parliament, Suresh Prabhu also formulated an ‘energy conservation bill’, and spread an awareness campaign for the reforms of the power sector and energy conservation in 2001. He also advocated a seven-year action plan to complete electrification of all rural villages in India in 2006.

Krishnan Pallassana further added: “What makes Suresh Prabhu stand out as a unique leader is his humility and simplicity. His rich experience, informed global outlook and ability to take quick decisions only add to an already charismatic persona. Having known him now, if there is anyone who can put Indian Railways back on track to the glory it was known for, it is Suresh Prabhu. We wish him all the best in his new endeavor to serve the nation as the Cabinet Minister for Railways.”

Suresh Prabhu has been an integral part of the International Advisory Board on Climate Change Dialogue and the Renewable Energy Network, and is also the head of the high-level panel on power revamping, the Advisory Group for Integrated Development of Power, Coal and Renewable Energy.

Last week Suresh was the representative for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the high-profile G20 summit in Australia.

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by Anisha Laming

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