In recent weeks, Mr. Anil Madhav Dave, Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, has made several public statements on air pollution and its links to human health effects that have raised a few eyebrows:
1/ “There is no conclusive data available in the country to establish a direct co-relationship of death exclusively with air pollution. Health effects of air pollution are a synergistic manifestation of factors such as food habits, occupational habits, socio-economic status, medical history, immunity, heredity etc of individuals.”
2/ “The environment ministry is working with the health ministry to assess the trends and impact (of air pollution) in this regard.” source
3/ “India trusts its own reports. We take decisions based on our own reports… We will stress on research done by Indian institutions,” Dave added. source
It is important to note that this is not the first time that the Government of India has questioned results from an analysis. Last year, Mr. Prakash Javadekar (then Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change) called the WHO (World Health Organization) report on air pollution misleading
, and then questioned
the results from a study that was conducted by the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM
), a government-funded research institute.