Indian government has approved signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the government of Bhutan on issues related to environment. It will cover air, waste, chemical management and climate change. A MoU was signed between the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)
of India and the National Environment Commission (NEC) of the Government of Bhutan in 2013 which expired in 2016. Noting the benefits of the earlier MoU, both sides have decided to continue cooperation and collaboration in the field of environment to strengthen the Indo-Bhutan relationship
The New MoU:
·After signing, it will remain in place for 10 years
·It will enable establishment and promotion of closer and long-term cooperation between the two countries in the field of environment protection and management of natural resources on the basis of equity, reciprocity and mutual benefits, taking into account the applicable laws and legal provisions in each country.
·The participants intend to encourage organisations, private companies, government institutions at all levels and research institutions on both sides to establish cooperation activities aimed at fulfilling the objectives of the MoU.
·It shall facilitate exchange of experiences, best practices and technical knowhow through both public and private sectors and shall contribute to sustainable development.
·It provides the possibility for joint projects in areas of mutual interest.
·However, no significant employment generation is envisaged.
(Sources: pib.gov.in / nenow.com)