India needs a federal green agency
It should oversee interstate environmental challenges such as clean air
The thick smog that has enveloped north India over the past few days is a public health emergency. The callous response by various government agencies to what has become an annual affair is nothing short of scandalous. There is a deeper problem here. As every state blames the other, the weak policy response is also an indication of an institutional vacuum to deal with public goods issues in a federal political system.