India to reject proposal at G-8 summit to cut greenhouse gas

New Delhi, May 29 | Updated: May 30 2007, 05:30am hrs
India's top environmental official said the country will reject proposals to limit greenhouse gas emissions at next week's G-8 meeting because the move would hamper its rapid economic growth, a news report said.

Legally mandated measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions are likely to have significant adverse impacts on GDP growth of developing countries, including India, Pradipto Ghosh said onMonday.

India's gross domestic product has grown by more than 8 percent annually in the past four years, fueled by an outsourcing and technology boom.

Ghosh, secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, said plans to cut back on greenhouse gases could also have seriousimplications for our poverty-alleviation programmes.