All India Professional Congress (AIPC) Rajasthan Organizes Webinar on 'Environmental Challenges in Today's India'
Jaipur: The All India Professional Congress, the first political platform in India which speically focuses on the needs and aspirations of working professionals and entrepreneurs of our country, organised a Webinar on 'Environmental Challenges in Today's India'. AIPC is a major division of country's oldest, prominent and principled political party - The Indian National Congress (INC). The ideology of AIPC is to ensure participation of professionals in today's Indian politics. Professionals joining this organization helps to promote an inclusive and progressive social, political and economic agenda. AIPC is primarily a large platform for community awareness building, information sharing, mutual cooperation and active participation on various current issues.
In this regard, Rajasthan Chapter of AIPC time to time organizes programs for public consciousness on global, current and social issues, in this sequence, a webinar on the topic "Environmental Challenges in Today's India" was held on 29 November 2020.
Key Speakers and Participants:
In today's special webinar, Mr. Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and Speaker AIPC, Mr. Aditya Uddhav Thackeray, Cabinet Minister, Tourism and Environment Affairs, Government of Maharashtra, Mr. T.S. Singh Deo, Health Minister, Government of Chhattisgarh expressed thier views on this public interest subject..
In this online discussion, Mr. Rajiv Arora, Regional Coordinator of AIPC West Zone, Ms. Rukshamani Kumari, Chairman of Rajasthan AIPC along with members of AIPC, Journalists, members of Civil Society and Enviornmentalists took active participation in the interactive session.
With a population of over 1.3 billion, India is soon ready to beat China as the most populous country. Today, India is the fastest growing population in the world, while lagging behind in conservation of environment and ecology. Today, our country suffers from many environmental problems which have increased considerably over the last few decades. This is the right time to throw light on these issues because denying these problems is not a solution. While joining the race of top economies at the International level, India should also follow the path that nourishes the environment. India is facing some serious environmental issues. Our disregard for the environment can cause havoc and a damage that can never be restore. Thus, we should be aware of the damage caused to the environment and work to restore and preserve the same.
At the commencement of the webinar, Mrs. Aishwarya Tak, Vice President AIPC, Jodhpur formally inaugurated the webinar. In the begining, Silence was observed to pay tribute to late Mr. Ahmed Patel and late Mr. Tarun Gogoi.
Addressing the webinar while welcoming all the partipants, AIPC Rajasthan President Ms. Rukshmani Kumari coordinated the discussion further. Stating the purpose of the discussion, West Zone Coordinator Mr. Rajeev Arora expressed concern about the growing environmental crisis and its impact on overall life.
Detailed discussion and questions asked by the speakers and point of views are as follows -
Pointing out the short-sightedness and inefficiency of the present Central Government, Dr. Shashi Tharoor, while describing the terrible situation of pollution in metros like Delhi, said that the government's apathy towards environmental protection and lack of central budget is worrying.
It is also important to note that Dr. Tharoor is the only MP who continues to question the Central Government in Parliament and on other platforms on issues related toenvironmental challenges. Dr. Tharoor is also scheduled to hold a round table conference with the Government of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh on environmental challenges and possible solutions in the coming days.
Health Minister of Chhattisgarh Government, Mr. T.S. Singh Deo, reflecting the increasing pollution and global crisis, said that despite the decrease in population density in Chhattisgarh, pollution due to factories and other enterprises is in a worrying condition, but the government is committed to imporve the situation and activley working in the required directon.
According to Mr. Singh Deo, water conservation is also a challenge for the state, for which the Government of Chhattisgarh is working prominently. In the "Gau-Dhan Yojana" of the Chhattisgarh government, the state government is buying cow dung directly from the farmers and then manufacturing it into organic manure. Chhattisgarh is the first state to implement such a scheme. Tourism and Environment Minister of the Government of Maharashtra, Mr. Aditya Uddhav Thackeray said that due to the environmental protection works of the Government of Maharashtra, external investment has increased in the state.
Mr. Aditya Thackeray pointed out that areas with higher population density like Mumbai need to be deal with greater sensitivity. The speed and management that his government is working on will make the city of Pune and the surrounding area carbon-free in the next ten years. Not only this, the Maharashtra government is trying to increase the number of electric vehicles in public transport. Mr. Thackeray suggested that the Department of Climate Change and Environment also needs to be given importance like the Finance Department.
The webinar drew attention to new and implementable suggestions and projects being taken up by the state governments of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh for environmental improvement. After the webinar, Mrs. Anuja Gehlot, Secretary, AIPC Jaipur 2nd, thanked all the participants.