LS members express concern over farmer suicides, OROP

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: A scene in Lok Sabha during the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi.   Photo - PTI

New Delhi: A scene in Lok Sabha during the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi.
Photo – PTI

On Friday, several Lok Sabha members, cutting across different political parties including the ruling BJP, expressed concern over important issues like farmer suicides and One Rank One Pension (OROP).

The Lower House also raised issues like removal of toll tax, attacks on social media and the caste census.

During the Zero Hour, BJP member Nana Patole made a strong plea for giving industry status to agriculture and incorporating the recommendations of the MS Swaminathan Committee so that the poor farmers get a fair deal.

Patole also expressed his concern on farmer suicides.

Three lakh farmers have committed suicide in various parts of the country so far, Patole said.

Congress member Dipender Hooda wanted the government to effectively implement OROP for the ex-servicemen. He also pointed out that the scheme implemented by the government, had several flaws as it leaves out those seeking premature retirement.

An agitated Hooda also staged a walkout to protest against Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, claiming that she did not give him enough time to speak.

RJD member Pappu Yadav alias Rajesh Ranjan made a strong pitch for removal of toll tax all over the country. He claimed that the Transporters Association was ready to give more money to the government than the Rs 14,000 crore it receives through toll tax.

AAP leader Bhagwant Mann hailed the social media as the “fifth pillar” of any democracy. He criticised the alleged attempts made in Punjab to harass people using the social media. He also called for legal protection for those being harassed.

Jayaprakash Narayan Yadav of the RJD demanded that the caste census be published immediately as it would reveal the social, economic and educational condition of several communities.

Bhola Singh of the BJP advocated building dams in Nepal for the rivers flowing into Bihar. According to him, building dams in Nepal and linking rivers in Bihar would make the state extremely prosperous, even the granary of the nation.

(With inputs from PTI)