Cabinet has approved the appointment of the following persons to the Board of Petrojam.The new Board would be:Mr. Paul Hoo, Former Chairman of Supreme Ventures LimitedMs. Rosie Pilner, Former Vice President, Scotia BankMr. Wayne Powell, Former Vice President, Scotia BankCabinet last night discussed the issues regarding Petrojam that are of concern in the public domain.The Cabinet has directed the Cabinet Secretary to task the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology to prepare a report on the operations of Petrojam with specific attention to various allegations in the public domain.The report is to be ready for the next meeting of Cabinet where it is expected that the Permanent Secretary and the senior management team of Petrojam will attend and present the report.
Scientific evidence and documentation of communities’ lived experiences reveal that climate-induced impacts in the form of extreme weather events are increasing. German Watch, a German think-tank, ranks India second globally for the number of fatalities occurred and fourth for revenue loss ($13,789.86 million) at purchasing power parity, as a result of extreme weather events in 2017. Moreover, poor and vulnerable communities are disproportionately affected owing to livelihood-related greater dependence on natural resources. Tamil Nadu is a case in point — several types of research confirm the increasing vulnerability of coastal communities and those on the Eastern Ghats. Also Read – A special kind of bondIn the Indian context, State Action Plans on Climate Change (SAPCC) serve as the primary policy document at the sub-national level to address vulnerabilities and increase resilience. To implement the plans and targets laid out under SAPCCs, several pilots and demonstration projects are conducted, with funds from designated agencies and by the national government under the National Adaptation Fund on Climate Change. We refer to one such pilot/demonstration project. Between 2011 and 2013, under Indo-German bilateral cooperation, GIZ implemented an innovative pilot with the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation on Integrated Mangrove Fish Farming. Also Read – Insider threat managementBy building bunds and developing new mangroves to provide a protective shield to the coastline from storm surges, cyclones and sea-level rise, the project focused on additional and sustainable sources of livelihoods to reduce vulnerabilities of communities. With the ensuing success, the project was later up-scaled using funds from the global Adaptation Fund Board and replicated in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Gaps and loopholes in SAPCC implementation Based on our experiences of working with several state governments, we have identified certain challenges in the implementation of SAPCCs which needs careful reconsideration. First, in most states, SAPCCs have functioned as a stand-alone document with limited recognition of the activities of other line departments, which if integrated, can bring forth collective climate action. Moreover, the scope of SAPCCs is largely restricted to state jurisdiction, without a clear vision at further de-centralised governance systems. Districts and cities are still largely neglected areas for climate action in the SAPCCs. Second, pilots and demonstration projects, in general, have emerged as a useful tool, but nevertheless suffer from lack of in-built design of upscaling. We found that our practice with upscaling and replication of demonstration is not a prevalent one. Further, for undertaking climate actions and replication, while the focus is largely concentrated on finance, its access and its mobilisation within means of implementation and capacity building need a greater focus. Building institutions and structures are a crucial component of capacity building – an aspect largely marginalised. With such limitations, SAPCCs have not been able to achieve the original intent of providing a directional shift in the business-as-usual development pathways. With SAPCCs being revised with a view to national and global climate commitments, we offer a few recommendations in the context of the above-stated gaps. Recommendations for climate actions Develop upscaling/ replication strategies for successful pilots in the planning stage: Such strategies cannot be developed ex-post facto. In the absence of such strategies, pilots would remain expensive investments of human and financial resources which could rather have been deployed more effectively in supporting approaches that have already been mainstreamed. Mainstream Adaptation in Line Departments: Currently, SAPCCs are being revised in view of the national and global climate targets. This provides a unique opportunity for coherent and integrated climate actions by mainstreaming adaptation in the activities of the line departments such as agriculture, water, environment, forests and rural development. A critical aspect in the mainstreaming is the allocation of finances from the development budget aimed at climate-proofing development programmes. Increase focus on institutional and human capacities: As the final point, strengthening of human and institutional capacities would be the critical driver for upscaling, replication and mainstreaming of climate actions. To this end, the role of state-run institutions and civil society organisations is crucial. Without strong structures and institutions of building human and institutional capacities, the challenges of alleviating the vulnerabilities of local communities would remain a distant unachievable goal. Our experience shows that states such as Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh, which have stronger institutional structures have been able to deliver their SAPCCs and NAFCC projects more effectively. Localisation of State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC): As the first point of convergence for state and national programmes, the district level provides a unique entry point for strengthening decentralised climate governance. Once the current process of revising the SAPCCs is accomplished, renewed effort must be made to downscale the SAPCC to the district level. Conclusion Studies confirm that climate-induced impacts are already manifesting and are expected to increase in the near future. Such impacts would translate into increased stress of resources and livelihoods, loss of human life and capital, increased risk of poverty entrapment and migration. Such a scenario calls for urgent, integrated and effective climate actions where SAPCCS are a potentially impactful entry point. Against this backdrop, demonstrations and pilots by themselves, though useful, are not enough. To tackle the severity of the challenge of climate impacts, revision of SAPCCs must be accompanied with a long-term strategy for up-scaled and effective climate actions grounded in strengthened human and financial capacities as well as innovations in governance structures and institutions. (The authors – Ashish Chaturvedi, Vijeta Rattani and Kirtiman Awasthi – work in Indo-German cooperation on Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resource Management (ECCNRM) programme at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), New Delhi. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Jaipur: Skipper Dinesh Karthik starred with a superb knock of 97 (62 balls, 8 fours, 4 sixes) as Tamil Nadu beat Bengal by 74 runs to notch up its fourth straight win in the Group ‘C’ of the Vijay Hazare Trophy cricket tournament here on Tuesday. Sent in to bat, Tamil Nadu was in a spot of bother at 123 for 5 in the 37th over before recovering to finish with 286 for 7 in 50 overs, thanks to a splendid century sixth-wicket partnership between Karthik and Shahrukh Khan (69 not out, 45 balls, 4 fours, 5 sixes). Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuIn reply, Bengal was bowled out for 212 in 45.3 overs, thanks to a disciplined effort by the TN bowlers. The Tamil Nadu medium-pacers K Vignesh (2 for 26) and T Natarajan (2 for 33) reduced Bengal to 21 for 5 before the left-handed Shahbaz (107, 131 balls, 7 fours, 6 sixes) fought back single-handedly. He smashed the ball around but his effort was in vain as Vignesh, Natarajan and Aparajith stuck to their task. Earlier, the Tamil Nadu skipper led the revival from 123 for 5 in the company of Shahrukh Khan, who smashed four boundaries and five sixes in his quick-fire 69 off 45 balls. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersThe two added 153 runs 12 overs, smashing the Bengal bowlers all over the park. The Bengal bowlers had struck at regular intervals, starting with the dismissal of N Jagadeesan (8) in the 5th over. Only B Aparajith (34) made a significant contribution among the top-order batsmen even as Dinda and the other bowlers kept chipping away. However, the game was a reality check for young paceman Ishan Porel, who took six wickets in the game against Jammu & Kashmir on Monday, as he went wicketless in 10 overs giving away 55 runs. In other matches, Gujarat posted an easy seven-wicket win over Rajasthan and Services put it across Railways rather comfortably. Tamil Nadu is top of the points table with 16 from 4 games, followed by Gujarat (14).