Nitish Inaugurates 2-Day Conclave on Climate Change

Deputy CM Sushil Modi, CM Nitish Kumar, and Union Minister Harsh Vardhan inaugurating the 2-day conclave on climate change at Gyan Bhawan in Patna on Sunday.

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Central Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Minister Harsh Vardhan jointly inaugurated the two-day East India Climate Change conclave at Gyan Bhawan in Patna.

Officials from Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, Jharkhand, Orissa, and Chhattisgarh are participating in the conclave to discuss the impact of climate change in their region and ways to minimize their effects.

While Harsh Vardhan touted the accomplishments of the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Center, Kumar gave himself full marks for initiating steps to tackle impact of climate change in his own state.

"Eastern India is prone to natural disasters like floods, drought, and earthquakes and these problems have further been aggravated by dramatic change in climate in the recent years. India, under the leadership of Narendra Modi, is going to present a plan to counter climate change that would be a model for the rest of the world. We are also way ahead of the schedule in keeping our promises that we had made during the Paris Climate Accord in 2015," the Union Minister said adding India would reach its goal of producing clean energy by the end of 2022.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, in his address, touted his administration's success in reversing the process of deforestation in the state and turning it around with more green space in the state than ever before.

Nitish Kumar speaking at the Climate Change Conclave in Patna on Sunday.

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi highlighted Bihar's commitment towards moving from fossil-fuel based energy to producing solar energy in the state's power plants.

"Initially, the power plants to be set up in Pirpainti in Bhagalpur and Kaira in Lakhisarai were slated to be coal-based but we have made modifications in it so they are solar based and not based on fossil fuels," Modi said adding the two plants were expected to be in operation by 2022 with each one producing 350MW of electricity to be consumed in the state

The two-day conclave is organized by the Bihar Environment and Forests Department in association Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI), and Action on Climate.

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