Members in the Upper House sought a permanent solution to stubble burning, which has been among the reasons for causing choking pollution in northern Indian states. The issue was raised in Rajya Sabha through a Zero Hour mention.
Congress MP Pratap Singh Bajwa said that solution can be brought about at the cost of just 6 or 7 Rafale fighter jets. India is buying 36 Rafale fighters for about Rs 59,000 crore contract (7.87 billion euro) from France.
Seeking immediate sanction of funds by the Centre to solve the problem, he said the NITI Aayog has projected that a permanent solution would cost around Rs 11,000 crore.
He said pollution in the national capital has become a “national shame” and the government should urgently take steps to tackle it.
Farmers, he said, needed support and should be given Rs 200 per quintal extra to get rid of crop residue in eco- friendly way. Farmers should be given financial support to stop stubble burning, he added.
Vivek Gupta (TMC) wanted to know what steps the government has taken for the disposal of crop residue.
Raising the issue of Cyclone Ockhi which has left a trail of destruction in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep, D Raja (CPI) said scores of fishermen are still missing.
He demanded that the disaster be declared a national calamity and adequate financial assistance be given to the governments of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Union Terriroty of Lakshadweep.
“Fishermen are passing through huge distress,” he said and demanded setting up of a separate ministry of fisheries to deal with issues of the fishermen.
Harivansh (JD-U) sought steps to protect Jaiprakash Narayan’s village Sitab Diara in Saran on the UP-Bihar border from being flooded.
(With inputs from PTI)