Centre for Development Economics
Department of Economics

Delhi School of Economics


The Indian Green Deal


Rohit Azad (Jawaharlal Nehru University)  

Thursday, 6th January 2022, at 3.05 PM IST.


With super cyclones like Amphan in the east or Tauktae down south, severe droughts in Maharashtra, incessant rains, and flooding in Chennai or Uttarakhand, and Delhi on a complete lockdown because you can’t see or breathe, climate change (and resultant pollution) for India is not in the distant future. We are right in the middle of it. To make matters worse, we are dealing with an unprecedented economic crisis, part of it pandemic-induced and part pre-pandemic.

Given the magnitude and severity of the crisis, we need to think out of the box. Minor tweaks here and there won’t work anymore. What is required is to rethink the model of development itself, to chalk out a just, inclusive, and sustainable path.

The Indian government had promised 10% of the GDP as Atmanirbhar (self-reliant) package for Covid recovery. We believe if this amount is spent judiciously on what we call an Indian Green Deal (IGD), India can come on top of the crisis and stay ahead of the climate change curve

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