Tea Sector in Assam & elsewhere: A wealth for the nation

Assam produces more than 50% of total tea in India and is famous for its rich, full-bodied cup among all other types of tea produced across the country. But India’s tea sector is currently not performing at its best and is certain to face heavy losses, if it keeps functioning with no changes. During theContinue reading “Tea Sector in Assam & elsewhere: A wealth for the nation”

Climate Action Requires a Whole of Government Approach

We are fortunate that a matter as grave as climate change is starting to be given due importance without being limited by the boundaries set by politics. The current and former Ministers for Environment, including Mr Prakash Javadekar and Mr Jairam Ramesh, have realized this gravity and initiated action. In the present day, Prime MinisterContinue reading “Climate Action Requires a Whole of Government Approach”

Union Government Must Go Back on its Proposal to Amend IAS Cadre Rules

Zero Hour | Budget Session ’22 During Zero Hour on February 5, 2022, I addressed the Lok Sabha on the harms of the proposed amendments to the the IAS Cadre Rules, 1954. Around 10 states have written to the Union Government protesting the proposal to amend the IAS Cadre Rules, 1954. The Union Government’s argumentContinue reading “Union Government Must Go Back on its Proposal to Amend IAS Cadre Rules”

Need for New Climate Law in India

Zero Hour | Budget Session ’22 I addressed the Lok Sabha on the need for a new climate law in India during Zero Hour on February 8, 2022. At COP26 in Glasgow, India set ambitious targets for attaining net zero by 2070, reducing carbon intensity and carbon emissions by 2030 and increasing non-fossil fuel energyContinue reading “Need for New Climate Law in India”

Delay in NH 37 Construction

Zero Hour | Budget Session ’22 I raised the matter of undue delay in the maintenance and repair works of NH 37 during Zero Hour in Parliament on Wednesday, 9 February, 2022. The four-laning and repair of National Highway 37 from Nagaon to Dibrugarh in Assam has been proceeding at a snail’s pace for theContinue reading “Delay in NH 37 Construction”

Need for New North East India Industrial Promotion Policy

Zero Hour | Budget Session ’22 I spoke about the need for a new North East Industrial Investment Promotion Policy (NEIIPP) during Zero Hour in Parliament on February 11, 2022. I observed that the existing policy has not led to any new private investment in the North East, even though several summits like Awesome AssamContinue reading “Need for New North East India Industrial Promotion Policy”

Impact of Electric Vehicles on Clean Air

On 31 August 2021, I convened a roundtable conference on “Impact of Electric Vehicles on Clean Air” for the Parliamentarians’ Group on Clean Air. Shri Bhagwanth Khuba, Honourable Minister of State for New and Renewable Energy, delivered the keynote address in the conference organized with the support of Swaniti Initiative. Ms Akshima Ghate, Principal, RMI,Continue reading “Impact of Electric Vehicles on Clean Air”

How to plug gaps in the law to prevent and control air pollution

Initiatives such the Commission for Air Quality Management are steps in the right direction, but penal provisions against polluters will need to be made simple and stringent. Image credits: The Indian Express In 2019, I submitted a Private Member’s Bill (PMB), drafted in consultation with civil society and experts, proposing amendments in the Air (PreventionContinue reading “How to plug gaps in the law to prevent and control air pollution”

Covid-19 Management in India: Lok Sabha Discussion on December 2, 2021

For India’s 139 crore population, Covid is not merely a pandemic. Instead, it is something that every citizen has experienced or suffered in some way or the other. This discussion on Covid is important because we have seen the sufferings caused by Covid in our families, villages and constituencies. Yet even during this time ofContinue reading “Covid-19 Management in India: Lok Sabha Discussion on December 2, 2021”

Unpacking Political Narratives Around Air Pollution In India

(Transcript of my views expressed in a roundtable organized by the Centre for Policy Research.) I. If parliamentary questions were to be seen as a proxy for awareness on air pollution, it may be seen that the issue is gaining a lot of importance. How has the air pollution debate evolved as a mainstream politicalContinue reading “Unpacking Political Narratives Around Air Pollution In India”