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India Is Strengthening Its Economy And Ecology: PM Modi

Prime Minister Modi asks for healthy competition as well as collaboration among the states to promote these measures

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Both the central and the state governments together have to move towards a green industrial economy, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday while inaugurating the national conference of environment ministers of all states in Gujarat. 

PM Modi said, “Today's new India is moving ahead with new thinking, new approach.” 

He further went on to add that India is a rapidly developing economy and it is continuously strengthening its ecology as well. 

“Our forest cover has increased and wetlands are also expanding rapidly," he added.

Modi remarked that today the world is joining India because of its track record of fulfilling its commitments. 

“Gir lions, tigers, elephants, one-horned rhinos and leopards have increased in numbers over the years. New excitement has returned from the homecoming of Cheetah in Madhya Pradesh a few days ago," he added.

Drawing everyone’s attention to the net zero targets for the year 2070, the Prime Minister said that the focus of the country is on green growth and green jobs. 

He stressed the need to maintain equilibrium with nature. 

He also highlighted the role of the environment ministries of the states in achieving these goals. 

Modi said, “I urge all environment ministers to promote a circular economy as much as possible in the states.”

Continuing with the role of the environment ministries, he said that this role should not be seen in a restricted manner. 

He lamented the fact that for a long time the Environment Ministries got shaped more as a regulator. 

However, the Prime Minister said, “I think that the role of the Environment Ministry is more as a promoter of the environment rather than as a regulator.”

He asked the states to own the measures like vehicle scrapping policy and biofuel measures like ethanol blending and strengthen them on the ground. 

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