The government of Tamil Nadu has decided to establish the Tamil Nadu Governing Council on Climate Change, with Chief Minister MK Stalin as its head.
Its membership includes several eminent personalities, in addition to Principal Secretaries of various key departments and industry experts. Supriya Sahu, secretary of the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Forestry, said the state government was spearheading innovative climate change initiatives and had put in place three key missions – Tamil Nadu Green Mission, Tamil Nadu Climate Change Mission and Tamil Nadu Wetlands Mission.
He had also set up a special purpose vehicle, known as the Tamil Nadu Green Climate Company (TNGCC), to effectively drive climate action.
Its purpose, she said, was to provide policy direction to the Tamil Nadu Climate Change Mission, advise on climate change adaptation and mitigation activities, provide guidance to the Tamil Nadu state action plan on climate change and to guide the implementation strategy for climate action. She said orders have been issued in this regard by the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Forestry with the approval of the Chief Minister.
The prominent members of the Board of Governors are Montek Singh Ahluwalia (economist); Nandan M. Nilekani (Chairman of the Board of Infosys); Erik Solheim (sixth Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program and former United Nations Under-Secretary-General); Ramesh Ramachandran (founding director of the National Center for Sustainable Coastal Management); G. Sundarrajan (Coordinator, Poovulagin Nanbargal); and Nirmala Raja (President, Ramco Community Services).
The Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu and other senior officials are also members, the Deputy Chairman of the Tamil Nadu State Planning Commission and the Principal Secretaries of the Departments of Industries, Municipal Government, Finance , energy, rural development, housing, livestock and Fisheries and agriculture and the welfare of farmers are members.
The Additional Chief Secretary, Environment, Climate Change and Forests, will be the convener. The Board of Directors meets once every 3 months, or as it sees fit. It decides on its own operating methods to achieve its objectives.