Only 4 MPs of a 28-member parliamentary panel attended a key assembly to debate the air pollution disaster in Delhi-NCR on Friday, with the absentees together with East Delhi parliamentarian Gautam Gambhir.
Top officers of the atmosphere ministry, DDA and municipal commissioners additionally stayed away from the deliberations.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Urban Development had referred to as the assembly with prime officers of varied authorities departments to debate the air pollution in Delhi and the measures required to scale back it.
As many as 24 MPs from numerous events didn’t attend the assembly, however the absence of Gambhir, the lone BJP chief from Delhi within the committee, snowballed into a political row because the AAP hit out on the saffron occasion over the problem and questioned its seriousness in tackling the disaster.
Cricketer-turned-politician Gambhir has been vocal concerning the alarming ranges of air pollution in Delhi and has referred to as for measures to curb the menace. He was seen commentating on tv on Friday in Indore, the place a check match between India and Bangladesh goes on.
As many as 24 parliamentarians from numerous events, together with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress, didn’t attend the assembly. Hitting out at Gambhir, the Aam Aadmi Party, in a tweet, mentioned whereas MPs like him have been busy having fun with, AAP’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Slngh attended the assembly.
“Gautam Gambhir, is this the level of your seriousness regarding air pollution,” the Arvind Kejriwal-led occasion questioned.
In a assertion, Gambhir mentioned his work spoke for him, including that if by abusing him, Delhi’s pollution ranges got here down, then the AAP was free to take action.
Besides Singh, the three different MPs who attended the assembly have been BJP’s Jagdambika Pal who heads the panel, CR Patil of the saffron occasion and Hasnain Masoodi of the National Conference.
According to sources, the members of the panel who attended the assembly have been extraordinarily upset with the absence of the atmosphere secretary, the DDA chairman and officers of the three municipal firms of the nationwide capital and planning to lift the problem with the Lok Sabha Speaker.
The members informed junior officers to convey to their seniors that they need to have attended the assembly, the sources mentioned.
Asked concerning the absence of his ministry officers from the assembly, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar mentioned he would discover out the main points and examine.
“We are always very serious about pollution. I have emphasised that pollution is not only Delhi’s problem. I have ordered a joint action plan. Teams are working with coordination,” he mentioned.
An official spokesperson mentioned the atmosphere ministry was represented on the assembly by the deputy secretary and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) officers, including that the joint secretary couldn’t attend it as she was to look in an essential matter in Supreme Court.
The spokesperson additionally mentioned detailed notes have been submitted to the city growth ministry.
One of the questions the panel members have been planning to lift was: As there are about 50 lakh automobiles on the roads of Delhi, is the federal government
coming up with any form of automotive pool coverage or regulation?
Another query was that in accordance with the Union authorities, Rs 1,150 crore got by the Centre to the states within the final one yr to fight air pollution, together with 14,000 machines and does the federal government have a quantitative and qualitative utilisation report of the cash disbursed?
The third query to be raised pertained to the Supreme Court’s latest statement that everyone, starting from the secretary to the gram pradhan, shall be held accountable for the losses as a consequence of air pollution and does the federal government, on this regard, intend to outline and repair accountability by way of an inside mechanism?
The nationwide capital is battling alarming ranges of air pollution for the previous few weeks. The air high quality deteriorated additional within the final 4 days, forcing the authorities to close colleges for two days.