Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave Saturday dismissed suggestions that India tried to use its ratification of Paris Agreement on climate change to bargain for a membership of Nuclear Suppliers’ Group.
Such suggestions were being made after India, at the G-20 meeting in China in the first week of September, refused to commit itself to ratifying the agreement by December.
“We do not like if someone else puts pressure on us. For that reason we also do not try to pressure anyone. But we do believe in putting across our views very strongly. There is no connection between ratification of Paris Agreement and membership of NSG,” Dave told reporters a day before India formally plans to submit its instrument of ratification to the UN climate body.
In the first week of September, NITI Aayog vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya, acting as PM Narendra Modi’s sherpa at the G-20 meet, had said India would not be able to ratify Paris Agreement this year. It was because of India that the G-20 communiqué left out a clause urging all its members to ratify the agreement by December. China and the US, the two biggest emitters, had announced their ratification at that meeting.
However, Modi himself announced last Sunday that India will ratify on October 2. Accordingly, the Cabinet approved the ratification of the agreement a few days ago. Dave said Panagariya would probably have spoken in his personal capacity.
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