Hooda to table bill to tackle smog crisis in winter session

Hooda to table bill to tackle smog crisis in winter session

Hooda to table bill to tackle smog crisis in winter session

Congress leader Deepender Hooda is introducing a Right to Clean Air Bill during the upcoming winter session of Parliament.

Hooda, a Lok Sabha MP from Rohtak, said the private member's bill will be finalised after seeking suggestions from concerned citizens and experts.

As a first step, the Congress leader has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to constitute a high-level committee that would have chief ministers of northern states as members and present a plan to the nation on tackling air pollution during winters.

The crisis is due to the annual post-harvest burning of crop stubble and the onset of winter.

Experts blame the smog-choked conditions in the national capital and surrounding areas on the lack of winds due to anti-cyclonic conditions prevailing in the region.

Hooda has asked the prime minister to chair the high-level committee that could make and implement suggestions to prevent the annual phenomenon.

"Everyone should rise above political lines, sit together and present before the nation a plan with budgetary provisions," the Congress leader said.