During the union government reshuffle earlier in July, the appointment of Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh, Anil Dave, came as a surprise to many. Dave organizes ‘Narmada Utsav’ each year and has authored two books on environment. Just two months into his job, new environment minister Anil Dave oversaw passage of the crucial CAMPA Bill in monsoon session and now has to decide several key decisions regarding climate change, dams and river-linking. Dave spoke exclusively to dna on these issues and more. Excerpts.

It has been nearly two months since you took charge as the new minister and you have already been through a Parliament session, what do you think are the biggest challenges facing your ministry?

Anil Dave (AD): After completing nearly two months, all the challenges we face that the world faces. The only difference is that of insufficient technology. The technology available to developed country is not available to developing countries otherwise challenges are the same. We will try to synchronize crisis with high end technology so that we can assess the situation and take proper steps. Read more