Rajya Sabha debates air pollution crisis


File Photo: Rajya Sabha Session

File Photo: Rajya Sabha Session

The Rajya Sabha on Thursday witnessed brief disruptions during the debate on pollution in Delhi and other parts of the country.

Members from the BJP and the opposition led by the AAP and supported by Congress, SP and others were involved in heated exchanges for around 10 minutes when Rajya Sabha assembled after lunch to discuss rising pollution levels.

After Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar read his statement informing about the steps taken by the Centre on the issue.

The MPs also felt that it was wrong to blame farmers and stubble burning for the air emergency when the blame lies at the door of vehicular and industrial emissions.

MPs made a wide range of suggestions for tackling the problem such as economically empowering farmers in order to curtail stubble burning and contributing two crore rupees from each MP’s MPLADs funds for erecting air-purifying towers.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V Muraleedharan tried to pacify the house by saying that the government wants a serious debate on the issue and requested the members to put their point only when their turn comes.

Meanwhile, Sukhendu Sekhar Ray of AITC read out a point of order from the rule book, which said that when the council of state is sitting and a member is speaking, he should not be interrupted by others.

After that, Jha resumed his speech and the house returned to normalcy.