India has become the first country in the world to declare a “climate change emergency”.
The country has made progress in combating the problem but more needs to be done to address the challenges it faces.
In an interview to NDTV, Raja Singh, a senior minister in the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said the nation needed to “focus on our own problems” and develop strategies for the future.
“The country has been doing very well for the last 30 years.
It has always been a world leader in science and technology,” he said.
“This is a global issue.
We have to move towards a more sustainable future.
This is not about us or our technology.”
Mr Singh, who is also the BJP’s minister for state for power and coal, was speaking in New Delhi after the party’s state council met on Thursday.
He called for a national policy for tackling climate change and a clear framework to deal with it.
The Indian government has a strong record of combating climate-related pollution, and has pledged to cut emissions by 30% by 2030.
It also plans to create a national strategy for energy security.
But while the BJP has pledged a huge energy strategy, it has not taken steps to tackle climate change.
Last year, Mr Singh’s government announced plans to introduce carbon pricing for electricity, and to slash coal use in the electricity sector.
The government has also promised to invest $100bn (A$124bn) into renewable energy by 2022.
The environment is a top priority for Mr Singh and the BJP, which has a history of tackling climate issues.
In 2015, Mr Modi was elected as the prime minister and took power after the defeat of his predecessor.
In 2016, he pledged to end coal imports and set up a National Green Investment Bank.
But India’s emissions are still rising, and the country is in the midst of a severe drought.
Climate change has also played a key role in the recent riots in India, with farmers protesting against poor treatment of their land.
The prime minister also announced in January that India will ban the import of carbon-based products such as palm oil and beef.
The BJP is seeking to change the way the government deals with climate change, which it says will make India “more environmentally friendly”.