Concern in LS over erosion in coastal areas of Karnataka

Seeking urgent "technical and financial help" to the state by the Centre, Nalin Kumar Kateel said people in the coastal belt were facing "serious difficulties" due to the "rapid sea erosion that was posing a grave threat to them and affecting their livelihood."

Raising the matter during Zero Hour, he said, "This is the direct result of global warming. A large number of people have moved out of coastal belt of Karnataka."

While the state government was taking steps and the Asian Development Bank was also providing funds to tackle the situation, Kateel said the Centre should also provide technical and financial help to the state to face the challenge.

Concerned over rising pollution caused by cars and other vehicles, Narayan Singh Amlabe (Cong) asked the government to direct oil companies to make it mandatory to carry out pollution check of vehicles coming to fill petrol, diesel or CNG.

Bishnupada Ray (BJP) demanded implementation of a series of measures for anganwadi workers in Andaman & Nicobar Islands as was being done in other states, saying it was the Centre's responsibility as it carried out the administration there. The measures included payment of various allowances for workers and starting of a welfare fund and insurance scheme for them.

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