Pollution is a critical topic as AQI levels in North India and specifically in the Delhi capital region have gone beyond the ‘severe’ levels. It has even touched the ‘hazardous’ levels on many occasions.
During the winter session of the parliament, the pollution issue was discussed both in the upper and lower House of the Parliament.
Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate, Prakash Javadekar, apprised the house of the action plan and initiatives taken by the government. The opposition retaliated and said that all this isn’t enough, keeping in mind the magnitude of the problem.
The government needs to ensure that a time bound action plan is prepared. The Prime Minister should call a meeting of all chief ministers and Lt. governors along with ministry officials and prepare a plan that has to be executed by the state machinery. A follow up review meeting, after the launch, can act as a yardstick to measure the success.
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Pollution is a national hazard and needs action from the Prime Minister’s office. Like his earlier missions, this can be addressed at a war footing if he is involved with the execution mechanism. As suggested by the Environment Minister, creation of urban forests will also help.
A ‘Jan Andolan’ or large-scale movement where individuals take initiative to plant trees needs to be encouraged, including pollution caused by traffic, both noise and air.
Only then, can pollution be addressed. Each year, North India battles the grave menace of pollution. Time to act and not just talk.