New Delhi, June 9 IBNS | 6 months ago

Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar on Monday said the Ministry would remain committed to keep sustainability at the core of the planning process while putting the country on a high growth path.

He said that the environmental conservation can go hand in hand with development.

The minister said during discussions with the US delegation comprising of Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary (India Policy Head), USA and Kathleen Stephens, the Ambassador Designate USA in India.

The Indian side was represented by Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change and Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

During the deliberations, Javadekar gave an overview of the policy framework and other initiatives of the Ministry.

A special reference was made to the key policy highlights outlined in the Presidential address to the Parliament on Monday.

Javadekar touched upon the issues related to the development framework and stated that an effective system would be in place which would enable sound appraisal processes of environmental clearance proposals.

He further added that the cleaner fuels would be promoted to bring down pollution levels in Indian cities.

"Clean water, clean air and solid waste management would be the priority areas of the Ministry and efforts would be made to increase the energy efficiency while concentrating on the reduction of green house gas emissions," Ministry of Environment and Forests said in a statement.

Further speaking on the occasion, Javadekar threw light on changing the nomenclature of the Ministry to "Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change".

He stated that the change was a deep thought initiative taking into account the contemporary trends related to issues pertaining to climate change.

Javadekar assured that India would have a proactive role in the International events related to environment in the days to come.

(Posted on 10-06-2014)

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