Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar says No Indian study shows that Pollution Shortens Life

Environment Minister says Pollution do not impact lifespan

Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar today in Lok Sabha said that there is no “Indian Study” that claims any correlation between Pollutions (Pollutants) and shortening of lifespan.

In queries raised in Lok Sabha today about studies that claims that pollution cause shortening of life expectancy Javadekar said ‘Let us not create a fear psychosis among people’.

He said the government is taking pro-active actions to drop down pollution and the efforts are even turning out to be fruitful. He said it when the AQI at Delhi T3 is at 403, in Chandani Chowk is at 422, in Noida is at 438 and in Gurugram (Gurgaon) is 416, all at severe category, at 1:54 PM today according to SAFAR.

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According to Javadekar there are no Indian studies that show any connection between pollution and decrease in lifespan of a person. Then again, one of the most prestigious university in the US, University of Chicago, who have alumni who have won Nobel prizes and other World Renowned Awards said in their research that pollution can shed 1.8 years for a person’s life expectancy saying, on the other hand first-hand cigarette smoking takes away 1.6 years from a person’s life.   

When people referred to such studies that show pollution reduces lifespan, he said these studies might not be based of first generation data. Maybe he is ignoring the fact that people conducting these researches are the same people who win awards in their fields.

Additionally, why did the central government spend almost Rs. 40 lakhs on Air Purifiers?

According to many leading news agencies, in November 2019, reported that the Central Government spent almost $55,000 on Air Purifiers for at least 6 central departments including the PMO. This figure came out when Reuters reviewed government data.

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He said, the government has already launched the NCAP (National Clean Air Programme) to combat the rising issue of air pollution all across India. Javadekar said “Under NCAP, 102 non-attainment cities have been identified based on ambient air quality data for the period 2011-2015 and WHO (World Health Organisation) report 2014/18”.

He added, plan unique to every city have been prepared and approved, they will soon be implemented in 102 cities.



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