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Union Government re-constituted PM's Council on climate change

Nov 6, 2014 11:11 IST

Union Government on 5 November 2014 re-constituted the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change. This council will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and it will monitor formulation of action plans in area of assessment, adaptation and mitigation of climate change.

The council will have 18 members including Ministers of External Affairs, Finance, Water Resources and Agriculture. Union Environment, Forests and Climate Change Ministry will assist Prime Minister's Office (PMO) in facilitating the work of the council.

Focus of the Council

The re-constituted council’s focus will on evolving a coordinated response to issues related to climate change at national level. It will periodically monitor key policy decisions on the issue.

Some members of the previous council have been retained while others have been changed. The composition of the re-constituted Prime Minister's Council on Climate Change is as follows:
• Prime Minister
• Minister for External Affairs
• Union Finance Minister
• Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change
• Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
• Union Minister for Agriculture
• Union Minister for Urban Development
• Union Minister for Science and Technology
• Union MoS (Power, Coal and NRE)
• Cabinet Secretary
• Foreign Secretary
• Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change
• Dr. R. K. Pachauri, Chairperson, TERI (Retained)
• Dr. Nitin Desai (Retained)
• Chandrasekar Dasgupta (Retained)
• Ajay Mathur, Chairperson, BEE
• J.M. Mouskar
• Principal Secretary to PM

The previous and first council was formed in 2007 and was chaired by former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and it included government representatives and non-government members. But this council had not met for over three years.



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