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The Real Air Quality Budget: Including the excluded

Finance Minister Sitharaman, in her union budget of 2020, initiated the funding for clean air in cities having million-plus population. Out of the Rs 4400 crores allocated, half of it, as per the finance commission guidelines, were distributed to states in November 2020. The funds were to be used for “formulating and implementing plans for […]

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Budget 2021 updates: Rs 2217 crore allocated for 42 urban centres to tackle air pollution

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has begun presenting the Union Budget 2021-22 in Parliament.  Addressing air pollution, Sitharaman announced a total spend of Rs 2217 crore allocated for 42 urban centres to tackle air pollution. This would be Sitharaman’s third budget under the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In a significant departure […]

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Budget 2021 Ft Youth Climate Activists #BudgetNoise

What do young climate activists want from Budget 2021? The Union Budget 2021 is around the corner. While various sectors are given at most importance, environment is somewhere left behind. “Floods, earthquakes, cyclones and now even a pandemic, what will it take for us to realise that we need to pump more money, more time, […]

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