India drafting plan to address climate change: PM

March 21st, 2008 - 12:29 am ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) The Indian government is drafting a National Action Plan to address the issue of climate change, including the measures required for mitigating its impact on food grain production, parliament was informed Thursday. Responding to an issue raised in the Rajya Sabha by renowned scientist M.S. Swaminathan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the impact of climate change has “engaged” the government’s attention.

Towards this, the government was preparing a National Action Plan “to deal with the issues of climate change”.

He said the plan would suggest remedial measures to offset the impact of the changing environment.

Swaminathan had asked whether the government was drawing up contingency plans for dealing with impact of environment change on crops like potato and wheat.

Environment Minister N.N. Meena also informed the house that an expert committee working under the guidance of the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Changes would submit its report before June.

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