New Delhi, Oct 12 (UNI) The Government today stressed on providing sustainable development in India, encompassing the need for finding an acceptable balance between economic development, social progress and environmental protection.
Inaugurating a seminar on ''Standards and Citizen: Contributing to Society'' on the occasion of World Standards Day here, Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar said ''We have to think in terms of meeting the needs of present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs''.
He said providing clean and green environment should be the top priority of a nation. It should promote and improve internationally recognized principles for citizen's rights and obligations.
Mr Chandrasekhar pointed out that global warming has become a grave issue affecting the very basis of sustainability of the earth and humanity. Therefore, all organisations as well as individuals all over the world should address the issue of global warming, under a shared understanding since it will require changes in lifestyles.
This can be achieved through compliance with environmental standards and safeguards by each one of us on this earth.
Mr Yashwant Bhave, Secretary, Department of Consumer Affairs suggested that there should be a single standards body in India to take care of national standardisation needs and collaborate at international level. Proliferation of standards body would do damage to the need for unified standards at international level in the WTO regime, he added.
World Standards Day is celebrated every year on October 14 to commemorate and recognize the contribution made by experts world over in the field of standardization in collaboration with the three international standards bodies namely International Electro-technical Commission (IEC), International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and International Telecommunication Union (ITU) so as to develop voluntary international standards that facilitate trade, spread knowledge and promote technological advancements and at the same time safeguard the consumers' interest with respect to safety, health, quality of the product and also protect the environment.
Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the National Strandards Body of the country, organised the Seminar.