Monsoon in a positive trend likely to stay normal

Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences YS Chowdary today sought to allay concerns over forecast of deficient Monsoon rains
Monsoon in a positive trend likely to stay normal

Calling for an integrated approach to find Indianised solutions for meeting green technology demands of rural India, Minister of State for Science & Technology YS Chowdary today said that Modi Government has been focusing on developing Green technologies since it came to power over a year back.

Inaugurating a National Conference on Climate Change organised here today by Assocham, he said developing countries are more affected by global warming, though it is otherwise most talked about subject in the developed world. He said that India with its vast coast line is facing the impact of climate change, which continues to happen on a global. A National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC), being implemented in India, subsumes national missions on solar energy, on enhancing energy efficiency and on sustainable habitat and it aims to mitigate hardships for the more vulnerable sections of the society, Chowdary added.

Allaying concerns over forecast of deficient Monsoon rains, the Minister said, “Monsoon is in a positive trend, there is no need to have any anxiety, that much I can say, I cannot give numbers because barometer is not there to measure anything perfectly about nature, it is on the positive side and we do not need to worry at all.”

“Whatever was originally stated as 93 per cent was revised to 88 but it is now on the positive trend, that I can say,” said the Minister.He declined from confirming if Monsoon rains will reach 93 per cent but reiterated that there is no need to have any worries about that.

“While we declare about the weather forecast or general rainfall, we are just in a position to give an average rainfall in the country, we are not specifically able to tell about exact rainfall,” said Chowdary. He stressed upon the need to devise mitigation strategies to minimise the impact of climatic concerns.

“We need to devise and put in place a contingency climate resilient plan because the climate has no regional barrier, it is a global issue we need to address in totality,” said the Minister.

“Besides, a well-thought out, long-term adaptation strategy should also be designed and implemented, while doing so, it is desirable that we keep the most vulnerable communities in mind,” he added.

The minister said that Indianised solutions are required to meet rural India’s requirements. “We should understand and make use of the population by developing more and more silos which can be implemented.” He also said that there is a need for India to develop permanent sustainable disaster management.

The Minister said that the future would depend on actions to be taken now and in near future, including fulfilling of international obligations. This involves reduced dependence on fossil fuels, increasing use of clean and renewable energy and implementation of other policies aimed at preventing further adverse climate changes. He called for an integrated approach wherein governmental organisations, corporates, banking institutes, investors and NGOs would find Indianised solutions for economic sustainability and for developing green technologies to meet demands of rural India.

Issues on the need for reaching a consensus to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on reducing emissions at the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) and on Kyoto Protocol (CMP 11), to be held in Paris, France from 30th November to 11th December, 2015 also came up for discussion at the conference.

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