NDC meeting likely in Dec; to focus on climate change

New Delhi: UPA government's first National Development Council (NDC) meeting, to be convened in the first week of December, will focus on climate change and help the government in firming up its stand for the Copenhagen conference.

The meeting of the NDC, the highest policy making body in the country, will help the centre assess the impact of climate change in states, ahead of the international conference on environmental issues.

"The PMO has been requested to give time for the NDC meeting. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would visit US on November 27 for inking climate change agreement with the US. Thus, it is likely to be scheduled in the first week of December", a Planning Commission official said.

The NDC meeting, the official said, is likely to be scheduled in the first week of December because the union government needs "a detailed assessment of the performance of states on climate change and energy."

The ministry of environment and forests, he added, has already started spadework on preparing a detailed note on the climate change for the NDC meeting.

The NDC meeting is expected to be attended by all Chief Ministers, cabinet ministers and Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and other members.

Bureau Report