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Union Minister of Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Labor & Employment Shri Bhupendra Yadav interacted with Kamal Sandesh Associate Editors Ram Prasad Tripathy & Sanjeev Kumar Sinha, regarding Modi Government’s initiatives for the benefit of the backward classes and issues relating to climate change and environment. Excerpts of the conversation:

The Modi government has taken many decisions in the interest of the backward class community. What will be the far-reaching consequences of these decisions?

The BJP Government at center believes in ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’. In India, there was a long pending issue of giving constitutional validation to Backward Classes Commission and Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has taken this task and completed it. For the benefit of the backward classes, the government has also given reservation for students in Kendriya Vidyalayas, NEET examination and at universities level. The system of reservation was also implemented for single posts for Professor and other posts. Our party has a clear belief that the benefits of the provisions given under the Constitution should reach to all sections of the society.

The 7th Environment Ministers meeting of BRICS-2021 concluded recently. The ministers of BRICS countries adopted the ‘New Delhi Statement’ on Environment. Tell a little bit about it.

Climate change and related issues were discussed at the Environment Minister level of BRICS meeting. So far as India is concerned, the National NDC in India under the leadership of PM Shri Narendra Modi has fulfilled its goals. India’s efforts for alternative energy creation have been exemplary. Now 36% of India’s current primary energy requirement is fulfilled through alternative energy sources or renewable energy. India has set a target of 450 GW by 2030, of which 165 GW has also been achieved. India’s goal is ambitious, but exemplary effort has been made to address climate change.

Four more wetlands of India have been recognized as Ramsar sites from the Ramsar Secretariat. How important is it in terms of preserving global bio diversity?

India certainly has the primary potential for wetlands. India is also unique in terms of bio diversity. Four of our wetlands have been recognized recently. We are also implementing a website for wetlands. The government is also working with full commitment to ensure that the natural wealth that India has should be fully protected.

Climate change remains a cause of global concern. Global initiatives were taken by India under the leadership of PM Shri Narendra Modi to deal with it? How India is moving forward to achieve the goals of Paris Agreement?

India is the only country in the world which has achieved its NDC goals to fulfill the Paris Agreement target. In the field of solar energy, India has created the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and on the initiative of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, more than 91 countries of the world have become its members. The guidelines given by the Prime Minister from time to time regarding the apprehension of climate change are fully followed.

Recently, the E-Shram portal was launched by the central government. How will this help the unorganized workers in the country?

By unifying the various labor laws of the country, we have come up with four labor codes. Among those four labor codes are Social Security Code, Occupation Safety Code, Industrial Relation Code and Wages Code, in these four codes a provision has also been made in the Social Security Code that a data of workers in the unorganized sector should be made. Certainly this portal is playing an important role in taking the topic of social security forward.