India Mulls Right to Clean Air for Every Citizen

Dr. Jitendra Singh lighting the lamp to inaugurate the 8th Nuclear Energy Conclave, in New Delhi on September 30, 2016
Dr. Jitendra Singh lighting the lamp to inaugurate the 8th Nuclear Energy Conclave, in New Delhi on September 30, 2016

Every citizen has a right to clean air and clean source of energy, and the day may not be far when there may be a public demand to bring in a legislation for right to clean air on the same lines as we have a law for Right to Education, Food Security, etc.

This was stated today by an Indian minister Jitendra Singh while inaugurating the 8th Nuclear Energy Conclave organized by India Energy Forum.

Jitendra Singh said as India moves up in the graph of development and growth, not only will its energy needs increase, but there would also be a pressure to opt for cost effective and cleaner source of energy. It is here that, besides solar energy and other sources of green energy, nuclear power will find an important place in our lives, he said.

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In order to promote the optimum use of alternative sources of energy, what is required is the awareness about their diverse applications and modes of utilization, the minister said.

He suggested that India Energy Forum should try to involve common citizens particularly adolescents and young students to spread the message for expansion of alternative sources of energy.

This would also help in allaying fears among the people in different locations where public resistance is faced while setting up new nuclear plants because of certain unfounded apprehensions among the masses, he said.

Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau

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