Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge) Prakash Javadekar interacts with the media persons, in New Delhi on June 8, 2016. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
NEW DELHI: The central government on Wednesday rejected a study on pollution
published in the Geophysical Research Letters Journal of the American
"We reject the claims made in the so-called
research article that each Indian loses six years of his/her life
because of pollution. The Ministry of Earth Sciences does not agree with
the study and completely rejects it," Minister of State of Environment,
Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said in a statement here.
minister said the study is based on regional atmospheric chemistry
model and statistical algorithm to construct estimates. "This (study) is
based on studies in Europe and America, which have been extrapolated on
India. It has not been done on sampling and not based on long-term
Javadekar said the government is however serious about tackling pollution.
recognises pollution as a major problem and we are tackling it very
seriously. But there are other pollutants also that are harmful to
health. Ozone is a pollutant that has an adverse impact on life and
which is predominantly present in California. NOx is another pollutant
present much more in Mexico, UAE and China, than in India.
is another pollutant that is serious. Every pollutant adversely affects
health. So, on different pollutants, countries have different
experiences and different status. But we recognise that in India,
because of the neglect over the last 10 years, the pollution problem has
become serious, particularly in cities," the minister added.