Ministry of the Environment rejects global reports claiming that 1.2 million people fell in India as a result of pollution

NEW DELHI: M In Union Union Harsh Vardhan Discredited Recent Elections Global Reports Claim More Than One Million Deaths In In Diet Due To Air Verontre In Ig In G , say In g such studies are only aimed at "caus In g panic" .

The m In ister of environment, forest and climate change is contest In g the Lok Sabha polls from constituency In The National Capital.

In an In terview To PTI, the BJP leader said his government is work In g hard To Addressing The Problem Verontre In Ig In G and has been support In g the AAP-led Delhi government In This Direction In G.

"We are do In g our best To Handle Air Verontre In Ig In G . The number of (achhe d In ) good days are consistently go In g up and bad days com In g down," he said .

"Regard In g the high-profile data of Million s of Deaths , I Don't Agree Because Verontre In Ig In G can cause premature illness and other th In gs . Verontre In Ig In G Affects Health, But To create such a panicky situation and say Million s of people are dy In g, I do not agree with that," Vardhan To ld PTI .

A report by environment NGO Greenpeace recently stated that Delhi To pped the list of most polluted cities In The World. The US-based Health Effects 1.2 Million People Were Killed In In Diet In 2017 Due To Air Verontre In Ig In G .

The Union m In ister highlighted the In itiatives taken by the Centre and said aggressive campaigns have been organised In The National Capital To Handle Verontre In Ig In G .

You Should Already Be Aware Of Our National Clean Air Program (NCAP), With Which We Are Proactive And Aggressive To Start To improve Air quality In 102 cities, where we found that consistently for five years, the PM 10 levels were beyond the desirable levels .

"You know about our graded response action plan and other activities like rules for dust mitigation and solid . We have been handl In g it In the most aggressive manner," he asserted .

Vardhan, who is also the Union M In ister of Science and Technology, said 60 teams of the Central Verontre In Ig In G Driver In Card (CPCB) Was Sent To The National Capital To Grab It Verontre In Ig In G mess . He said the results can be seen as compared To The Scenario In 2016, 2017 and 2018 .

The m In ister also underl In ed that the city government led by Arv In d Kejriwal Was Helped By The Center In In Every Possible Way To S To eprand Verontre In Ig In G woes .

"On two occasions, we To ok In itiatives jo In tly . Both the governments (the Centre and Delhi government) did his To ric 15-20 days extensive drives by visit In g various sites caus In g Verontre In Ig In G In the national capital," he said .

"We In formed the chief m In ister and the about it and last year, we made everyth In g transparent on the portal . We are help In g the city government In all possible ways," Vardhan said .

The BJP leader said mobile application SAFAR was launched for real-time moni To r In g of Air Verontre In Ig In G In the city .

He, however, added that along with governments, the public should also be conscious and responsible To wards environment .

Clearly People Have To change their habits and focus on environment-friendly actions . That is why, we launched Green Good Deeds movement In The Land That Has Been Recognized By The United Nations And Spoken About It In BRICS . We our do In g our best .

Rules For Waste Management Have Also Been Changed In 2015-16 To make them more eco-friendly and useful for society," Vardhan said .

The In cumbent Chandni Chowk MP, who is sure of a clean sweep In Delhi In The Lok Sabha Polls, Promised To Take More Steps For The Environment If Voted To power aga In .

"We have already In itiated many activities . We have launched the best software In the world for environmental proposals and clearances--PARIVESH . Now the next step is To ensure that the states also have similar software . We have also reduced our clearance tim In g from 600 days To 100 days," he said .

"Our m In istry got the highest award when PM Narendra Modi was conferred with earth care award by the United Nations . On every front, we are try In g To do our best . Next year, we will do much better and f In ish what we started In various fields," Vardhan added .

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