India’s claim on spending for adapting to climate change is inflated, a report by a non-government organisation (NGO) said on Tuesday.
The Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change had said the Central government had allocated 2.6 per cent of the GDP in 2006-07 for climate adaptation through its 114 schemes.
“The allocation is in fact less than what was said in the national plan on climate change,” said Yamini Mishra, executive director of the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA), the group that analysed government spending on climate adaptation in the last four budgets with International NGO Oxfam.
More than half of India’s one billion population is vulnerable to climate change with the entire Himalayan region, the coastline and Central India in a zone of high climate impact.
The study, Adaptation to Climate Change in India, said the government allocated just 1.7 per cent of the GDP through the 146 Central government schemes in nine sectors, such as health improvement, drought control, risk management, agriculture innovation, irrigation and disaster management. The 2.6 per cent for climate adaptation, as claimed in 2006, was achieved in the budget of 2009-10, the report said.