Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar on 18 November 2015 announced formation of Indian Resource Panel (InRP) on Resource Efficiency. India is the first country to constitute a National Resource Panel.
The InRP was formed with an aim to promote sustainable development of the country by utilising secondary resources to meet developmental needs.
The four of the 10 members of the InRP are former environment secretaries and they are Viswanath N Anand, RH Khwaja, Tishyarakshit Chatterjee and Prodipto Ghosh. Other six members are Ashok Khosla from Development Alternatives, Director-General of Bureau of Energy Efficiency Ajay Mathur, Ravi Agarwal of Toxics Link; CSE Director-General Sunita Narain, Seema Arora from CII and Prasad Modak of Environmental Management Centre.
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) will partner with relevant ministries of the Union Government, private and public enterprises for creation of a facilitative environment for recycling to promote sustainability and decouple growth from environment degradation.
Why Indian Resource Panel (InRP) on Resource Efficiency is required?
• At this junction of time, a developing nation like India needs a panel or body like InRP to prepare a strategic roadmap for utilisation of secondary resources for meeting the developmental needs.
• India needs a body like InRP to address the disproportionate and steadily increasing share of natural resources required to support changing lifestyles, as well as raw material for industrial production.