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”

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”

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”

Revamping Pollution Control in India

Over the past year, I have led several efforts aimed towards mitigating the ill-effects of air pollution on human-health, by leveraging expertise of various stakeholders and beneficiaries. The first effort to revamp India’s air pollution control system was to target the legislations that underlie and advise the framework. Upon careful consideration of the legislation, IContinue reading “Revamping Pollution Control in India”

Amending and updating the 1981 Air Act will help in the battle against pollution

In its present form, India’s Air Act does not mention or prioritise the importance of reducing the health impact of rising pollution. This is the first change that a new law on air pollution should bring. As Delhi’s Air Quality Index crosses 500, the national capital has officially entered the public health emergency category. SchoolsContinue reading “Amending and updating the 1981 Air Act will help in the battle against pollution”