Growth should not be at cost of environment: PM

Last Updated: Monday, February 13, 2012 - 11:45

New Delhi: Ahead of a meeting with
environment ministers of BASIC countries, Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh on Monday said growth is important for the people
but should take place in a way which does not harm the
environment.

"Economic growth is essential for the people, but we
cannot allow growth to be pursued in a manner which damages
our environment," the PM said on Twitter, according to the
PMO.

Environment Ministers of BASIC countries - Brazil, South
Africa, India and China - are calling upon the Prime Minister
today.

The Environment Ministers of the BASIC countries are
meeting again after the December climate change meet in
Durban.

The meeting will be focused on working out a common and
concerted strategy on the proposed new global climate change
regime. It will be closely watched to assess the future
prospects of the group comprising the four emerging economies.

Since the Copenhagen round of talks in 2009, the BASIC
has emerged as a key component for a successful outcome in
climate talks.

PTI



First Published: Monday, February 13, 2012 - 11:45
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