Cleaner Air Better Life Initiative:
Formulation of appropriate strategies for maintaining a clean, green and healthy environment in the country has been accorded high priority in NITI Aayog. NITI Aayog has been working closely with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and other stakeholders for controlling air pollution. On the World Environment Day, 5th June, 2017, NITI Aayog and CII organized the first meeting of their joint initiative “Cleaner Air Better Life” with an objective to address the issue of air pollution in the country with active participation of the Government agencies, the industries and other stakeholders. Subsequently, four Task Forces were constituted in NITI Aayog with experts as members to recommend suitable interventions for Clean Fuel, Clean Transport, Clean Industries and Biomass Management. Reports on Clean Fuel, Clean Transport and Biomass Management have been finalized and the reports are now in public domain and available on NITI Aayog website. Report on Clean Industries is expected to be finalized soon.
Appraisal of Notes for the Cabinet
The proposal sent by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) for consideration of the Cabinet were examined in the Division and observations were sent to the Ministry. The proposals were on the following subjects:-
- Institution of an International Award on Climate Change and Sustainable Living.
- Establishment of National Institute for Climate Change Studies & Action (NICCSA) envisaged for coordination of scientific and policy research, Capacity building and to support the Ministry on climate change issues.
- Setting up of a Regulator/Authority under section 3(3) of the Environment Protection Act, 1986.
- Adoption of a Strategy for increasing the Tree Cover outside Forests under a Tripartite Agreement between the Land Owning Entity (LOE), the concerned State/ UT Government and the Public or Private Organization (Executive Agency) for taking up tree plantation on various Non-Forest Government Lands.
- Conferment of Institute of National Importance (INI) status to Wildlife Institute of India through an Act of Parliament.
- ‘In-principle approval’ to the proposal for taking up the work of conservation and rejuvenation of rivers in an integrated manner in ten selected polluted river stretches in the country under the National River Conservation Plan.
- Revised Guidelines for Public Participation in Afforestation of Degraded Forests.
Appraisal of Memorandums for Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC)/ Standing Finance Committee (SFC)
The Draft Memorandum for Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) for Pollution Abatement scheme for the year 2018-19 and 2019-20 proposed by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) was examined and observations were sent to the Ministry.
Draft Memorandum for the Standing Finance Committee (SFC) on the proposal, “Pollution abatement of rivers Devika and Tawi at Udhampur (Jammu & Kashmir) under National River Conservation Plan” proposed by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) was examined and observations were sent to the Ministry.