Bill soon on labeling ozone depleting goods 'Ozone Friendly Product'

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New Delhi, Sep 17 (UNI) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today announced that her government would either bring a legislation on labeling of stickers "Ozone Friendly Product" on frequently used non ozone-depleting goods or adopt a central legislation to this effect which would ensure protection of ozone layer in the upper atmosphere.

Inaugurating a seminar on Ozone Depleting Substances Phase out at Delhi Secretariat today as part of the World Ozone Day 2007 celebrations, organized by Delhi Government's Department of Environment and Forests. Ms Dikshit disclosed that India is receiving the Montreal Protocol Implementers Award today at Montreal in Canada on the occasion of 20th anniversary of the protocol, which was signed on September 16 as many as 191 countries are signatory to the protocol.

''It is our endeavour to take number of policy measures including regulatory measures to encourage adoption of new technology by existing and new enterprises. The 13th World Ozone Day is being celebrated to commemorate the date of Montreal protocol on substances that depletes the ozone layer,''she said.

The Chief Minister expressed confidence that school children and teachers would be able to bring awareness about protection of ozone layer. This would also help in curbing effects of climate change.

She said the Delhi Government has taken some landmark decisions which have improved the quality of Delhi's Environment particularly substantial increase in Delhi's Forest Cover/Green cover, improvement in the ambient air quality of Delhi etc.

This has been possible by successful Mass Awareness Campaigns.

Participation of School/College students, RWAs and other stakeholders in Environment related activities and enforcement of CNG Guidelines.

A depleted ozone layer allows ultra-violet rays of the Sun to reach earth exposing mankind, flora and fauna to its harmful effect.

Every year two to three million people get affected by skin cancer due to this harmful effect. The ozone layer is being depleted by use of chloro-fluro-carbons (LFCs) which are gases used in refrigerators, air conditioning, aerosols, foam products etc.

Hence it is essential to label stickers stating that such goods are not ozone friendly products. Ozone is a naturally occurring gas which forms a protective layer in the atmosphere shielding the earth from the ultra violet rays of the sun, thus presenting life on earth.

A skit underlining importance of protection of ozone layer presented by the students of Ahlcon Public School was appreciated by all the present dignitaries including Environment Secretary J K Dadoo, Jt. Secretary, Union Ministry of Environment B P Nilaratana, Consultant Ozone cell Government of India S K Mukharjee, Dean School of Environmental Science JNU Prof. V.K. Jain and others.

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