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Climate change: No need for law, specific apex body at national level this moment, says govt

There is no need to constitute any specific apex organization at the national level to tackle climate change or to enact a law to set legally binding targets in mitigation and adaptation actions at this moment, the government told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. Asked if the government would constitute a "National Council for Climate Change" as a national-level apex organisation to tackle global warming and climate change, Union Minister of State for Environment Ashwini Kumar Choubey said India's actions are undertaken through the National Action Plan on Climate Change and its missions that are anchored and implemented through various ministries, departments, and state action plans. "Other entities and authorities are designated as necessary from time to time to undertake specific actions to address climate change. Hence, there is no need at this time to constitute any specific apex organization or enact a law," Choubey said. To a question by PMK MP Anbumani Ramadoss who sought to know whether the government has any policy proposal "To enact the Climate Change Act to set legally binding targets in mitigation and adaptation actions", Choubey replied, "No sir." The minister said that however, in keeping with its commitment to addressing climate change, India has undertaken specific goals under the provision of the Paris Agreement enunciated through its Nationally Determined Contributions.

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