India’s membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is not linked to ratifying Paris climate agreement , said environment, forest and climate change minister Anil Madhav Dave, a day before India ratifies the pact.
“While taking the decision to ratify (the Paris deal), this subject (NSG membership) was not there. There is no connection (between them),” Dave said.
Referring to earlier statements of the external affairs ministry and Niti Aayog’s vice chairman Arvind Pangariya that linked the ratification of Paris deal with the country’s membership to the NSG, Dave said the leaders spoke “in their own capacity”. “The subject of ratification is looked after by the prime minister and the environment ministry. And whatever happened, it is there in front of everybody.”
India is set ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Change on Sunday after prime minister Narendra Modi announced last week that India will enter into the deal to fight global warming on Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary. The agreement requires member countries to make binding commitments to curb carbon emissions by 2100.
After India failed to get the NSG membership in June, the external affairs ministry had said “An early positive decision by the NSG would have allowed us to move forward on the Paris Agreement.”
At the G20 Summit, last month, Pangariya said India was not ready to commit to ratify the Paris agreement “in terms of domestic actions” till the end of this year, even after the US and China, the top two carbon emitting countries in the world, decided to enter the deal.
The sources in the external affairs ministry had told HT that the US was putting pressure on India for an early ratification of the Paris agreement.
Dave, however, denied any pressure. “There were two things on our minds before we reached the decision to ratify. First we want to do internal consultations on how will this decision’s effect our laws etc. We also wanted to see whether our interests are taken care of when we go forward to implement the Paris deal in the future,” Dave said.