New Delhi, Nov 25: In what can be called as a great pride for the country, four Indians including former environment minister Anil Madhav Dave, deputy director of Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) Chandra Bhushan, IIT Delhi Prof R S Agarwal were felicitated with ozone awards by the United Nations Environment Programme.

Apart from these three, another Indian Atul Bagai, who works with the UNEP, was also awarded ‘Ozone Award’. He was honoured in the category of ‘Policy and Implementation Leadership’.

Dave, who passed away in May this year was posthumously given the Political Leadership Award in recognition of his leadership role in getting the Kigali Amendment signed in October 2016. On the other hand, Bhushan was conferred with the Partnership Award for providing the policy and research support to the negotiations for the Kigali Amendment.

Reacting over the news, Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan took to micro-blogging site Twitter and posted, “Matter of great pride for India as Late Shri Anil Madhav Dave, the then Honble Minister of State (independent charge) environment, forest and climate change, GoI, was given the Ozone Award posthumously.”

“On behalf of India, the award was received by Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change and was handed over by Ms Catherine Mckenna, Minister of Environment, Government of Canada, at a glittering #OzoneAwards Ceremony,” the Union Minister added.

“Untimely demise of Late Shri Anil Madhav Dave has been a great loss to the nation. This award is yet another testimony to his dedication to environment, his work wont go in vein,” Harsh Vardhan said.