Alwar: Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday said the state government will soon bring a new policy for environmental protection as he noted that global climate change is a serious challenge.
Gehlot, while addressing the annual media conclave on environment at Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute at Neemali in Alwar district, said, “Indiscriminate race for development has led to climate change around the world, the consequences of which are being seen.”
He noted that global climate change is a “serious challenge”. “I fall ill when I am in Delhi but as I come back to Rajasthan, I get back to my original self. This is all due to pollution, the three time Chief Minister said, further adding, “All of us should play positive role for environmental protection. The state government will soon bring a new policy in the state for environmental protection.”
He said former prime minister Indira Gandhi had not only expressed her concern on the subject, but also made global efforts to solve it.
The chief minister said media can play an important role in connecting the younger generation to environmental protection.
Gehlot said there are immense possibilities of solar and wind energy in Rajasthan. The state government has introduced a new policy to encourage them, he said.
“When I was the chief minister about 20 years ago, solar power production in Rajasthan was 2 MW, now it has increased to 4,000 MW. The state government is committed to take this to a greater level,” he said.
The chief minister asserted that the government is making efforts to meet the target of afforestation on 20 per cent land in Rajasthan.
He also referred to the policy brought by the state government to provide relief to the patients of silicosis, a lung disease.
Gehlot also released the “Annual State of India’s Environment Report 2020” on the occasion.
Labour Minister Tikaram Jully, Women and Child Development Minister Mamta Bhupesh, several MLAs and other dignitaries were among those who attended the conclave.
Meanwhile, during the day, CM Ashok Gehlot also reached Unique hospital at Vaishali Nagar area of Jaipur to meet Gurjar leader Dr Kirori Singh Bainsla who is undergoing the ‘Astro-Medical’ treatment at the hospital. Gehlot spent nearly half hour at the hospital and enquired about Bainsla’s health.