PM inaugurates National Conference of Environment Ministers in Gujarat
He further went on to add that India is a rapidly developing economy, and it is continuously strengthening its ecology as well.
Rajendra S Markuna
New Delhi: The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, inaugurated the National Conference of Environment Ministers in Ekta Nagar, Gujarat via video conferencing today.
Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister highlighted that the conference is being held when India is setting new goals for the next 25 years. Talking about the significance, he said that the holistic development of Ekta Nagar is a prime example of an environmental pilgrimage when it comes to forests, water conservation, tourism and our tribal brothers and sisters.
Giving examples of the International Solar Alliance, Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, and LiFE movement, the Prime Minister remarked that India is not just taking huge strides in the field of renewable energy, but also guiding other nations of the world.
The Prime Minister said, “Today’s new India is moving ahead with new thinking, new approach.” He further went on to add that India is a rapidly developing economy, and it is continuously strengthening its ecology as well. “Our forest cover has increased and wetlands are also expanding rapidly”, he added.
He remarked that today the world is joining India because of its track record of fulfilling its commitments. “Lions, tigers, elephants, one-horned rhinos and leopards have increased in numbers over the years. New excitement has returned from the homecoming of Cheetah in Madhya Pradesh a few days ago”, the Prime Minister added.
Drawing everyone’s attention to the net zero target for the year 2070, the Prime Minister said that the focus of the country is on green growth and green jobs. He stressed the need to maintain equilibrium with nature. He also highlighted the role of the environment ministries of the states in achieving these goals.
The Prime Minister said, “I urge all environment ministers to promote a circular economy as much as possible in the states.” Modi supplemented his statement by mentioning that it will significantly strengthen the Solid Waste Management campaign and will free us from the clutches of single use plastic.
Continuing with the role of the environment ministries, the Prime Minister said that this role should not be seen in a restricted manner. He lamented the fact that for a long time the Environment Ministries got shaped more as a regulator. However, the Prime Minister said, “I think that the role of the Environment Ministry is more as a promoter of the environment rather than as a regulator.”
He asked the states to own the measures like vehicle scrapping policy, and biofuel measures like ethanol blending and strengthen them on the ground. He asked for healthy competition as well as collaboration among the states to promote these measures.
Chief Minister of Gujarat Bhupendra Patel and Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Bhupendra Yadav were among those present on the occasion.