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‘Resource constraint holds back progress in achieving climate change and development goals’

A non-government organisation, which has been able to rope in a host of parliamentarians to push the agenda of taking mitigating measures against climate change, has identified resource constraint as the main problem in this regard. Indian legislators and experts on climate change sought to know at a GLOBE India* meeting the off that would be needed to achieve development goals for Indians in the context of India’s Climate Change objectives in the coming decades.

The meeting of GLOBE India in progress; former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh seen third in row from the far end
The meeting of GLOBE India in progress; former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh seen third in row from the far end

Asserting that there was no need to reinvent the wheel, former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said, “We have to have a very clear pathway for this and have an idea about the cost involved. What are the -offs involved in achieving the objective?” The real issue was resource constraint. How much resource was needed and from where were the key issues in achieving climate change goals, he added.

Ramesh’s comments came in course of a presentation on the issue of “Achieving Decent Standards of Living” by Vasudha Foundation. “How do you achieve it with such resource constraints? What ways and methods we can use, what is the -off required and the cost involved? These facts would have been the value addition. These are the hardcore and real issues, which we need to take care. Let’s understand what is feasible and what is not feasible in the way of achieving the objective”, the former Union minister said.

The brief last Friday (8 May 2015) at Parliament House focussed on sustainability issues and was organised by GLOBE India, a cross party network of Parliamentarians that seeks to play a critical role in guiding public policy on environment and sustainability issues.

While inaugurating the event, President of GLOBE India, Bhubaneswar Kalita, who is also a member of the Rajya Sabha, lauded efforts taken by all stakeholders and promised a comprehensive response to the issues raised by the Research Foundation. The report identified aspects of decent living standards under various categories such as food and nutrition, health, education, personal housing, household assets, infrastructure, water and sanitation and energy access, for the assessment of living standards in India, and how far away Indians are from attaining decent standards of living.

Secretary General of GLOBE India, PD Rai, who is also a member of the Lok Sabha, stressed the need to define and fine tune the roles each individual parliamentarian would play in helping the government achieve the developmental targets. “We need to identify what is beyond (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions) INDCs,” he said.

Rai also spoke about the need to have a reliable and credible data. He described this as the biggest challenge since nationally available are not recognised universally. “Data is fine, but the challenge is to identify which data available to us is credible. We end up cutting a sorry figure internationally with regards to data. We can’t take national statistics to be always right. This is going to be the biggest challenge when it comes to achieving the objectives. We don’t have correct data on which we can depend or rely upon. This aspect has to be taken care to make the planning effective.”

Among others who attended the included parliamentarians GLOBE India’s founder Trustee Vandana Chavan (Rajya Sabha MP), AV Swamy (Rajya Sabha MP), Narendra Sawaikar (Lok Sabha MP), Dhananjay Mahadik (Lok Sabha MP) , Srinivas Krishnaswamy (Vasudha Foundation), and Pranav Sinha (Director, GLOBE India).

* GLOBE India is a cross-party group of legislators (like Mini Parliament), working to play a role in guiding public policy on environment and sustainability issues at national and state level and balanced position in international policy framework.

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