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Minister of Earth Sciences Rijiju said India would lead the world in climate research and weather forecasting.

With the goal of achieving Amritkaal's vision of self-sufficiency by 2047, the minister emphasized that the Department of Earth Sciences is formulating a long-term strategy accordingly. He said the nation's dedication to major improvements in meteorology and climate research is reflected in this program.

 

New Delhi: India will play a significant role in weather forecasting and climate research, according to Union Minister of Earth Sciences Kiren Rijiju. Speaking after the 150th anniversary of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) logo was unveiled, Rijiju stressed the nation's continuous efforts to become self-sufficient in this vital area.



With the goal of achieving Amritkaal's vision of self-sufficiency by 2047, the minister emphasized that the Department of Earth Sciences is formulating a long-term strategy accordingly. He pointed out that this program demonstrates the nation's dedication to making substantial strides in meteorology and climate research.


During his speech, Rijiju brought up Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent attendance at the COP28 World Climate Action Summit in Dubai. As to Rijiju, India's acknowledged leadership in mitigating climate change is demonstrated by the invitation issued to PM Modi for this high-profile event.


The minister also stated that India has already exceeded two of its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) objectives for 2030. He underlined PM Modi's advocacy for the worldwide adoption of the "Lifestyle for Environment" (LiFE) program and pushed for more decisive action from the global clean energy sector.


The minister also advocated for more private sector participation in improving India's meteorological capabilities, namely in the production and use of "Made in India" Doppler radars. For accurate, localized weather forecasting, these radars are essential.


Furthermore, in an effort to raise awareness of climate change concerns, Rijiju encouraged the IMD to include schoolchildren in its year-long celebrations, which will begin next month. Since climate change and global warming are contributing factors to extreme weather phenomena like cloud bursts and torrential rains, he emphasized that understanding and tackling these issues require community effort.


The secretary of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Dr. M. Ravichandran, discussed the need for better outreach and awareness campaigns on this occasion. Additionally, he stressed the need to improve IMD's capacity to successfully inform stakeholders and the general public about its meteorological and climate services.


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