Dear Reader,

The Government of India is in the process of formulating an Arctic Policy. The importance of the Arctic for India is constantly growing, primarily due to the challenges associated with climate change and global warming. India was accorded the status of an Observer to the Arctic Council in 2013, one of the thirteen countries in the world to have done so. The fact that this status was renewed in 2018 reflects India’s contribution to Arctic studies and research.

India seeks to play a constructive role in the Arctic by leveraging its vast scientific pool and expertise in Himalayan and Polar research. India would also like to contribute in ensuring that as the Arctic becomes more accessible, the harnessing of its resources is done sustainably and in consonance with best practices formulated by bodies such as the Arctic Council. India’s draft Arctic Policy captures these goals while charting a way ahead that focuses on building capacities to increase our level of engagement with the region.

Comments and feed back on the draft are requested by 26th January 2021. For rendering your feedback, your e-mail and contact details may kindly be provided. Entering the OTP received on you Mobile Number will enable you to submit your comments. Should you need greater space, you are welcome to mail your inputs on

Last date of Submission is 26th January 2021.