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PM's Council on Climate Change Reconstituted
Nov 08, 2014

The government reconstituted and revived the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change to counter the impact of climate change. The 18-member panel is headed by PM Narendra Modi and includes R.K. Pachauri, Nitin Desai. The panel comprises eight ministers, including External Affairs and Finance, who will work to evolve a coordinated response to issues relating to climate change at national level.

Sunita Narain director general of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) and former environment secretary Pradipto Ghosh inducted in the council by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2007 and considered hardliners on India's climate stand were dropped. The only industry representative in the council former Tata Sons chairman Ratan Tata did not find place in the new council.

The PM, however, retained R.K. Pachauri, chairman of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Chandrashekhar Dasgupta, a distinguished fellow with TERI from the last council. Another TERI distinguished fellow, Nitin Desai, a former United Nations under secretary general, has also been included. Former special secretary in the environment ministry and co-chair of the first working group on new climate treaty to be signed in Paris in 2015, J.M. Mauskar, also finds place in the new council.

Even though the council appears to be full of people who had been associated with the government, the Prime Minister has left the door open to include more experts in the council as and when required.

The reconstitution of the council, which has not met for the last three years, is indicative Prime Minister's priority to climate.The mandate of the council would be evolving a coordinated response to issues relating to climate change at the national level, providing oversight for formulation of action plans in the area of assessment, adaptation and mitigation of climate change and monitor key policy decisions.

The Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change was formed in 2007. Its last meeting was held in February 2011. The Government of India had launched eight missions as part of the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) in specific areas.

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