London gets second Indian-origin deputy mayor
London gets second Indian-origin deputy mayor

London: Indian-origin philanthropist Shirley Rodrigues has been appointed as London mayor Sadiq Khan's deputy, the second person of Indian origin to get this important post.

Rodrigues, who will handle environment and energy departments, has been named after Indore-born Rajesh Agrawal was appointed for deputy mayor for business for London in June by the Pakistani-origin mayor.

Rodrigues, who was born in Kenya but traces her family roots to Goa, will be setting up a not-for-profit company aimed at boosting recycling rates and producing low carbon energy.

"Shirley Rodrigues brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience and is the perfect person to deliver my agenda to make London a cleaner and greener city. Shirley will drive forward the urgent action needed to ensure Londoners no longer have to fear the air we breathe and will address the failure to tackle the problem by the previous mayor and government," Khan said in a statement last week.

Rodrigues will be responsible for setting up a not-for-profit company, to be called ‘Energy for Londoners’, aimed at helping the British capital boost its recycling rates and produce more of its own, low carbon energy.

"I am sure she will be a fantastic addition to my top team, taking on a crucial portfolio that has become an issue of life and death," Khan noted.

Spekaing about her appointment, she said: "I am delighted to be working with Sadiq on his ambitious plans to make London one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world."

"Sadiq has already proposed a radical and wide-ranging approach to clean up London's dirty air and I feel privileged to be able to lead on this vital piece of work that will boost the quality of life and health for millions of Londoners," she said.

Rodrigues is currently the Acting Executive Director for Climate Change at the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), an independent philanthropic organisation that works to transform the lives of poor and vulnerable children in developing countries, where she oversees a 155-million-pounds global strategy and portfolio.

She will now take charge on finalising Khan's proposals for tackling London's poor air quality, for which a consultation has already been conducted.


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