Webinar on Vehicle Scrappage Policy, 2021 

First-year M.A. PPG students of Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth (CVV) organised a webinar on 06 May 2021 to unlock the policy issues surrounding the Vehicle Scrappage Policy 2021 and to provide an additional discourse on the subject.

The key speaker, Arth Mishra, an Engineering Physics Graduate, discussed the key aspects of the policy by elaborating on critical policy highlights, policy implications, and interlinkages with other contemporary government policies. The first discussant, Arun Kumar, a Civil Engineering graduate, looked into international experiences of vehicle scrappage policy. The second discussant, Aswathi Prakash, a Political Science graduate, looked into various aspects in and around environment and climate change.

Towards the end, the discussion focused on a few key questions raised by the audience, including contentions on the government’s proposal to establish vehicle scrappage centres aligned to its existing Alang Ship Recycling Yard, Gujarat, at/near ports, which may contribute to metal pollution in the sea, how rational it is to provide different treatment to first-time vehicle buyers and vehicle buyers after scrapping the old vehicle, what are the plans of the government to recognise the existing scrap facilities, statistics given by the government on how the policy will accelerate the country’s journey towards the Paris Agreement goals and whether the policy intended to increase the socio-economic condition of the people.

The webinar was moderated by Priyanka, a Law Graduate, having a quantum of field experience in the social sector.

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