Is the Swachh Sarvekshan Survey effective?; IMF: Increasing Coal tax will reduce deaths and inrease GDP; Pollution of Nilgiris and more…

GS III: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.

Higher Coal Tax May benefit economy: IMF

It will boost GDP, cut mortality.

  • India has introduced the Clean Environment Cess on coal i.e. on production and imports, amounting to INR 400 ($6.00) per ton of coal in 2016.
  • As per an IMF paper “Reforming Energy Policy in India: Assessing the Options”, an annual ₹150 per tonne increase in tax on coal from 2017 to 2030 could:
    • prevent over 2.7 lakh deaths from air pollution;
    • raise GDP by 1% by 2030;
    • reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 12% and
    • generate net economic benefits of about 1% of GDP.

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