A non-government organisation Himalaya Niti Abhiyan (HNA), working to save agriculture lands, forests, water and environment in the hill states of North India, has claimed that environment and ecology of the hill states was an important matter and needed to on the agenda of political parties before the formation of the new government.
Convener Guman Singh claimed that the previous Congress-led UPA government at the Centre had passed laws, but had never bothered to implement such laws.
“Successive state governments has never taken the environment issue on their agenda and the state lost 20% agriculture fields and 15% of the field cover had been destroyed.”
Guman said that on the basis of heavy polling turnout in a number of states in already concluded six phase voting, it could perhaps be ascertained a government of small parties could be formed and in that case, the environment could be off the agenda.
“HNA wants a debate on environmental issues so that candidates keep agenda of environment safety on priority before supporting any political party to form the next union government,” he said.
Guman said it was required to set a standard for regional development of state and Himalayan region through mountain specific planning, which shall address geological, ecological and cultural diversity, social justice, local livelihoods issues and economic development in the interest of Himalayas and the Indian subcontinent as whole in a sustainable manner.