Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar has announced the formation of Indian Resource Panel (InRP) to work on a strategic roadmap for utilisation of secondary resources for meeting the developmental needs.
The members of Panel would comprise Viswanath N Anand (former Secretary), RH Khwaja (former Secretary), Tishyarakshit Chatterjee, (former Secretary), Prodipto Ghosh, (former Secretary), Ashok Khosla, Development Alternatives, Ajay Mathur, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ravi Agarwal, Toxic Links, Sunita Narain, CSE, Seema Arora, CII, and Prasad Modak, EMC.
The Minister highlighted that India has been at the forefront of Sustainable Development and is taking a number of steps towards promotion of Sustainable Development in the country.
Mr Javadekar also said that the Ministry will partner with other relevant ministries of the Government of India, private and public enterprises towards creation of a facilitative environment for recycling to promote sustainability and decouple growth from environment degradation.
He also highlighted that India can hope to recover over 1.5 million tonnes of steel scrap, 180,000 tonnes of aluminum scrap and 75,000 tonnes each of recoverable plastic and rubber from scrapped automobiles by 2020.
The Minister said the developing countries like India need to address the disproportionate and steadily increasing share of natural resources required to support changing lifestyles, as well as raw material for industrial production.
With a growing economy, India is expected to have the worlds third largest consumer group by 2020, with a consumption share of 13 per cent. With rising consumption levels, India is already facing supply constraints and import dependence of key materials in certain sectors.
The demand for resources in the future will be increasingly huge and may eventually lead to worsening of impact on economy, environment, and access to resources, if not addressed in a timely manner.
"Given these facts, the Indian Resource Panel was an important and timely initiative, which shall prepare a strategic roadmap for utilisation of secondary resources for meeting the developmental needs," Mr Javadekar said and added that India was the first country to constitute a National Resource Panel. UNI PRA RJ SB 1922
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