The government is serious about the Delhi air pollution issue and has initiated several steps to address it, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said in Rajya Sabha on Thursday. Speaking in the Upper House during a debate over the hazardous level of pollution in the national capital, Javadekar said the Centre has notified a graded response action plan for Delhi -NCR for different levels of pollution
“A comprehensive air plan for Delhi NCR has been developed identifying the timelines and implementing agencies for actions delineated,” he said.
Earlier, proceedings in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha were hit and had to be adjourned for short durations amid uproar by the Opposition over various issues. The Congress has been demanding discussion over the issue of electoral bonds and government decision to disinvest in five PSUs including the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL). “This is a big scam. The country is being looted. Please allow us to speak,” Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said while raising the issue of electoral bonds.
Congress MP Manish Tewari said that the government overruled the RBI over the issue of electoral bonds. “I want to draw the attention of the House towards electoral bonds. The electoral bond scheme was limited to elections. RTI in 2018 revealed that government overruled Reserve Bank of India on electoral bonds,” he said.
Discussion over Delhi’s catastrophic air condition witnessed a heated debate between MPs on Tuesday and Wednesday. BJP MP Gautam Gambhir, who skipped a crucial Parliamentary panel meeting over the matter earlier this week, slammed the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government for its approach in tackling air pollution. Gambhir said long term solutions were needed while slamming the Delhi government for implementing Odd-Even vehicle rationing scheme.