Parliament Winter Session Live: Air pollution and climate change debated in the Lok Sabha

The Rajya sabha is expected to take up the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019 today. The Lok Sabha has been adjourned 03:30 pm.

Rajya Sabha update:

Earlier today the Rajya Sabha saw an uproar of activity as the AAP and BJP clashed over issue of piped water quality  in Delhi;which elicited an angry response from the Chairman Venkaiah Naidu. The issue of JNU protests also led to a fiery debate between the Left parties and the BJP. The Chairman also set aside the notices issued by the opposition to raise the issue of electoral bonds by saying that it was not important enough to set aside the business as usual.

Congress MPs held a protest in the Parliament premises demanding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi break his silence on the issue.

Congress leaders hold a protest in the premises of the Parliament about the issue of electoral bonds – ANI PHOTO

Lok Sabha update:

The issue of air pollution and climate change was discussed in detail in the Lok Sabha. Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar took questions on the issue and assured that all concerns raised during the debate would be looked into and appropriate steps would be taken.

Earlier during the discussion Javadekar said, “I call street workers and people who clean up our roads to discuss and celebrate Diwali with them. They have told me that in comparison with the previous years, only 20-30 per cent firecrackers were burst this year. I appeal to each and every person to at least plant seven trees and thus we will be able to create an oxygen bank. People must use electric vehicles, take up plogging and cycling. I’ve been using an electric scooter for the past 8 years to go to nearby places. All of us together can contribute in bringing down air pollution.”

The Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Bill, 2019 was also introduced in the Lok Sabha. It seeks to replace the existing ordinance on E-cigarettes.

List of things discussed in the question hour of the Lok Sabha

The Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 03:30 pm.

The Rajya Sabha session, chaired by the Deputy Chairman, resumes with the list of bills to be discussed. BJP MP, Prabhat Jha introduces the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (amendment of articles 51A) which aims to include cleanliness in the Fundamental Duties of the Constitution.

Story by Sanket Nayak and Abhinaya.K with inputs from PTI