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Pollution abatement gets zero, Project Tiger funds slashed

Environment care takes big hit in Budget

Prime Minister Narendra Modi harps on increasing awareness to preserve nature, but the allocation for environment education and awareness training is down to Rs 77.13 croers from Rs 114 crores last year,NatConnect Foundation said. 

MUMBAI: With the Union budget providing for zero amount for pollution abatement, cutting the provision for Project Tiger and National Mission for Green India, environmental care has taken a beating in the Union Budget for 2021-22.

Nature lovers are upset that the overall budget allocation for the Ministry of Environment and climatic change has been slashed by Rs 231 crores from the last year’s provision of Rs 3,100 crores.

Environment protection and sustainable development has to be contended with a reduced allocation of Rs 136 crore from Rs 192 crores, B N Kumar, director of NatConnect Foundation said analysing the budget details.

The official explanation says protection, management and sustainable development support development of clean technologies and also abatement of the pollution in industrial plants. The growing recognition of the threat of the Climate Change and its significance as an area of domestic policy making and planning is recognized under this umbrella scheme which funds support to programmes/projects on Pollution Abatement, Hazardous Substances Management, Climate Change Action Plan, National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change and National Mission of Himalayan Studies, the official explanation says.

The concern for environment, thus, appears to be merely on paper as the allocation is half of what the government proposed in the last year’s budget, Kumar said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi harps on increasing awareness to preserve nature, but the allocation for environment education and awareness training is down to Rs 77.13 croers from Rs 114 crores last year, Kumar said.

Modi talks so passionately about preserving tigers, but the budget provision for Project Tiger has been slashed by Rs 50 crores from Rs 300 crores provided for last year, Kumar said and lamented that the provision for Integrated development of wildlife habitats (Rs 414 crores from Rs 532 crores).

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