Environment min Prakash Javadekar says that Indian studies show no correlation between pollution and lower life expectancy, triggers anger

NEW DELHI: Minister of the Environment of the Union Prakash Javadekar said on Friday that there is no Indian study to suggest contamination It has a detrimental impact on people's life expectancy.

Javadekar was responding to a question in Parliament raised by TMC MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar on what the government was doing about average life expectancy at birth reducing by 4.3 years as a result of contamination .

Assuring the House that the government was taking several steps to mitigate contamination , Javadekar, however, asserted that no Indian study has shown any correlation between contamination and the shortening of lifespan. “Let us not create a fear psychosis among people,” he told the House.

“Let me clarify that such studies carried out by various institutes may not be based on first generation data. On a secondary data, they interpolate, extrapolate, and then come out with conclusions based on a model study. So, let us not create a fear psychosis among people because contamination problem is all over the globe....But there is no direct correlation as per the studies we have conducted. The studies conducted in India have not shown a direct correlation of shortening of life because of contamination ,” the minister said.

The minister also enumerated a number of steps taken by the government to reduce contamination levels, including launching the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) to tackle air contamination problem across the country. “Under NCAP, 102 non-attainment cities have been identified based on ambient air quality data for the period 2011-2015 and WHO (World Health Organisation) report 2014/18,” Javadekar said in a written reply.

According to him, the city's specific action plans have been prepared and approved for implementation in the 102 cities. In a separate response, the minister also said that his ministry released an amount of Rs 11,254 million rupees, including Rs 8,562.73 rupees under CAMPA, to conserve the environment in the last three financial years.