New Delhi, Jun 27 : The Government on Thursday assured the Rajya Sabha that it was taking all possible steps to deal with the impact of Climate change.
Responding to the Calling Attention Motion moved by Rewati Raman Singh of the Samajwadi party on ‘the situation arising out of Climate change in the country and steps taken by the Government in this regard’, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said, 'Even though India is not a part of the problem, the Government has been taking steps and engaging with nations. '
Listing steps taken by the Ministry to tackle climate change, he said, 'India has been engaging positively at international forums, including the work under the UN Framework Convention on Climate change. It has ratified the Paris Agreement and has submitted the first nationally determined contribution which includes a reduction in the emissions intensity of GDP by 33 to 35 per cent by 2030 from 2005 levels and achieving 40 per cent cumulative electric power installed capacity from non fossil fuels based energy resources by 2030. The states have come up with Climate Action Plan. We are ahead of our goal. Our forest cover has increased, we are replacing bulbs with LEDs. We are planning to eliminate single-use plastics by 2022.'
He said India has strengthened its response to the threat of climate change in accordance with the principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities. Speaking on the motion, Mr Singh pointed out that the country was facing the brunt of climate change.
'I had never seen floods in Kerala in my lifetime, until last year. Chennai had floods. It is facing drought now. North India has not received the pre-monsoon showers yet. The Himalayan glaciers are melting,' he said. (UNI)