The government has formulated National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) as a medium term national level strategy to tackle the increasing air pollution problem across the country in a comprehensive manner. The overall objective is to augment and evolve effective ambient air quality monitoring network across the country besides ensuring comprehensive management plan for prevention, control and abatement of air pollution. The NCAP focuses on collaborative and participatory approach covering all sources of pollution and coordination between relevant Central Ministries, State Governments, local bodies and other stakeholders.
National Clean Air Programme
While the Central government has conveniently shifted the onus to the state government, the draft plan also focusses on collecting authentic data on pollution sources, monitoring of rural air pollution and implementing an institutional framework at the centre and state level to take preventive steps.The program would be India’s first step to fight air pollution in a coordinated way that would require all the states to come up with their own plan.
The plan also mentions the time frame for implementing measures but does not have any directives for the states in their action plan.Under the project, an apex committee will be formed under the environment ministry, a steering committee under the Environment Secretary and a monitoring committee under the Joint Secretary. There would be separate state-level committees with scientist and trained personnel. All the programs framed by states will have to be funded by their own.