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Prakash Javadekar is currently serving as the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; so we assume that whatever he says about the environment and climate change will be fact-based, research-based and in short, make sense. Well, turns out, it's not necessarily true. On one hand where Delhi is choking on the polluted air, Prakash Javadekar on the other hand apparently claims that there is no connection between air pollution and a shorter life span. He made this remark in the Parliament where he said that no Indian study has shown that pollution shortens life and criticised the Opposition for allegedly creating a "fear psychosis among people". © Reuters Wait! Does that mean we can take deep breaths outdoors or throw those pollution masks away? Not at all. Before you even think something like that, check out WHO's reaction towards his statement. The World Health Organisation said that the world body wished that air pollution "did not kill people but it unfortunately does". In fact, according to Dr. Maria Neira, WHO Director (Public Health), "Independent of which methodology is used or what are the estimates, it is urgent to take action because the levels of air pollution in certain cities in India are very high and this is definitely having an impact on the health of citizens." © BCCL Neira further said, "We urge the Indian government, which has enormous amounts of expertise and competencies, to do its best in tackling the sources of air pollution and reducing toxic pollutants that citizens are exposed to at the moment." Looks like we still have a long way to go before we can throw those masks in some corner of our room. Desi people, as expected could not believe Javadekar's words and took to social media to express their concern and join WHO to virtually facepalm at his statement. What kind of minister is this ? @PrakashJavdekar - you need to read about what medical fraternity has to say on pollution ! @IndiaRebellion / @CPCB_OFFICIAL / @PMOIndia / @narendramodi - we need to act on this crisis with sense of emergency & panic !! https://t.co/SchY3LGwud — Anupama Pande (@AnupamaPande2) December 8, 2019 Wow ð® so we should just embrace pollution now and call it part of “economic growth” ? @PrakashJavdekar - sad to see such mindset !! @CPCB_OFFICIAL - so no action needed now ! Your body can officially cease to exist https://t.co/omaTjw4uEQ — Anupama Pande (@AnupamaPande2) December 7, 2019 Pollution doesn't kill you @PrakashJavdekar . How the hell , all idiot ministers are in one single party, BJP. — Chetan Tayshete (@chetan_tayshete) December 7, 2019 This is our Minister for the Environment. We are so dead. #AirPollution https://t.co/vKV7tGaLLO via @economictimes — Neha Mathur (@Menenners) December 7, 2019 Dear @PrakashJavdekar i want to ask you one thing as u said there is no Indian study has been found that relates pollution to health so on basis of which studies you installed air purifier in pmo and rastrapti bhavan worth of approx 3 million rupees... — Anchal (@anchal2433) December 8, 2019 Sir, pls think before you speak, Pollution is going to above all criteria criteria. @PrakashJavdekar @BJP4India https://t.co/PnFrYVNHgn — Ketan Gondaliya(KK) (@prajapatiketang) December 9, 2019 View the full article