AatmaNirbhar is not Cutting Away, it is More about Engaging with World: Javadekar

The Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar said that AatmaNirbharta is not cutting away from the world, it is more about engaging with the world and innovation and research become the key. He was talking about AatmaNirbhar Bharat programme of the Government launched by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to make India self-reliant.

September 11, 2020. By Manu Tayal

The Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar said that AatmaNirbharta is not cutting away from the world, it is more about engaging with the world and innovation and research become the key.

He was talking about AatmaNirbhar Bharat programme of the Government launched by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to make India self-reliant.

“The thrust is being given on innovation and research and efforts are being made to reduce imports and increase exports,” Javadekar added, India should become a leader in innovations and start owning innovations as research and innovation is the key to take the country to next level in terms of development in the next decade or so.

The Minister said that, Indian Government is committed to reduce the carbon emissions. While addressing the special session on Action Agenda for Sustainable and Self Reliant India during the 15th Sustainability Summit 2020 in New Delhi, Javadekar expressed hope that India will achieve the target of reducing carbon emissions by 35 per cent in the next 10 years.

The Environment Minister added that, country’s solar power capacity has been increasing rapidly and noted that 68 countries have ratified the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Agreement.

He further stated that it is important to achieve a green earth with clean air and blue skies, post COVID-19 despite the odds and that it is possible to do so, alongside industrial activity. India has only 2.5 per cent of world’s land, 4 per cent of freshwater resources and around 20 per cent of world population but still has 8 per cent of the world’s biodiversity because in the Indian culture, flora and fauna are part of life, he stated.

Besides, the Minister also pitched for promoting sustainability as it can only save humankind from worst nature fury. He also appealed to the different nations to present their case studies in terms of promoting sustainability. 

Highlighting the country’s achievement towards a greener growth in the past few years the Minister said, “India is walking the talk on climate change. Our work on Ujjwala, E-Vehicles, BS-VI Engines, Biofuels, Clean air, and Disaster resilience pave the way for a sustainable and resilient India. Targeting 35 per cent emission reduction, we have reached 21 per cent and in 10 years, we will achieve the required 220 GW renewable power targets, of which a total of 87 GW including solar and wind has been achieved.”

The Minister further elaborated that our energy mix in the installed capacity now includes 37 per cent of renewable energy sources.

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