Friday, November 27, 2009

Climate change

27 Nov 2009


By R Rajagopalan

NEW DELHI: Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh heading for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen will be assisted by a high-level parliamentary team of five MPs to prevent any slip-ups. The conference is slated from December 7 to 18.

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar took the personal decision to send the team of the MPs drawn from five different parties to Copenhagen to ensure that the Opposition does not later grumble over any sale-out by the government.

Former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, who is also a scientist, and Dr M S Swaminathan, a renowned agriculture scientist, are in the team. The left also has the representation as CPI(M)'s Sitaram Yechuri, a member of the party's most powerful politbureau, in included in the team.

Bhartruhari Mahtab of Biju Janata Dal and Congress Party's Hameedulla Sayeed, son of former deputy speaker late P M Sayeed, are the other two members of the parliamentary delegation.


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