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CAG is organising a program on World Food Day 2019 in collaboration with the Tamil Nadu Food Safety Department for the students of Women's Christian College on 16 Oct 2019. Th objective of the event is to stress about healthy food habits, eating nutritionally rich and balanced meals, and the ill effects of trans fats. 

Supporting the Implementation of National Trans Fat Regulations in the State of Tamil Nadu

Consumer Protection

In this letter to TANGEDCO, CAG appeals to move to decarbonised energy plan for Tamil Nadu. Plan for realistic growth in electricity demand. Improve performance of existing coal plants instead of building new plants. Solarise the state through rooftop solar and agrivoltaics. 

 

Environment and Climate Action

Highlights

  • Consumer guide to grid-connected rooftop solar - Part 3
  • Electric Vehicles - Part 1
  • TN power consumers hail 'must run status' of energy projects
  • India added record 1836 MW of rooftop solar power in last fiscal: Report
  • Consumer Focus - Consumer Grievance Redressal Forum Order
  • Canada's 'largest' solar project gets green light for construction
  • ECC Voice - Success Story (ECC, Tiruvannamalai)

Plus Publications/Regulations:

  • Are Solar Pumps a Panacea for Irrigation, Farmer Distress and Discom Losses? CSE, August, 2019
  • Operational guidelines for implementation of phase- II of grid-connected  rooftop solar programme for achieving cumulative capacity of 40,000 MW from rooftop solar by 2022. MNRE, August, 2019 

Electricity Consumer Cells (ECCs) and Electricity Consumer Network (ECN)

Electricity Governance

It's a well-known fact that consumer plastics and plastic packaging contain compounds that are toxic. In addition to this, there are many chemicals in each plastic product that remain largely unidentified. Till date a comprehensive characterization of the complex chemical mixtures present in plastics is missing and this study aims at creating baseline for the same.
Spoiler alert! Compostable plastics are no exemption to this!

Zero Waste Cities Collaborative

Solid Waste Management

Waste incineration is increasingly promoted as a sustainable solution for waste management through out the world even though it is at the bottom of the waste hierarchy. This study highlights how incinerator technology and infrequent maintenance schedules have been strongly linked with adverse health effects. Waste minimisation is the need of the hour!

Zero Waste Cities Collaborative

Solid Waste Management

The draft National Resource Efficiency Policy was published by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in July 2019 with the aim to promote sustainable and efficient use of our natural resources. However, the Policy and the Action Plan it envisages for its implementation, raise several questions on its intent and efficacy to adequately address the issue. The document is a list of comments and proposed changes to the Draft National Resource Efficiency Policy so as to incorporate a critical pathway to address resource exploitation- of reducing consumption to sustainable levels. 

Environment and Climate Action

The power sector is one of the highly stressed sectors, responsible for 40% of the total stressed assets in India. We performed financial analysis of the IL&FS Tamil Nadu Power Company in Cuddalore, accused of environmental pollution in nearby villages and the struggling arm of IL&FS's coal based energy business.

Environment and Climate Action

It is important that there is transparency on exchange rate and ‘wastage’ charges on gold jewellery. 

Caveat Emptor - Media Coverage

Consumer Protection

Plastic money is definitely becoming a convenient option. But banks must address consumers' concerns.

Caveat Emptor - Media Coverage

Consumer Protection

It’s time service providers and TRAI worked towards eliminating the many troubles customers face.

Caveat Emptor - Media Coverage

Consumer Protection