Jharkhand Das Baidya said that since February, the price of subsidized and non-subsidized LPG in four installments has been increased by ments 125 per cylinder.
The steep rise in domestic LPG prices in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday along with the CPI (M) MP said that it has put an unbearable burden on those already suffering from the normal price hike.
Raising the issue through zero-call mentions, Jharana Das Baidya said that since February, the prices of subsidized and non-subsidized LPG in four installments had increased by ₹ 125 per cylinder.
With the cut in fuel subsidies it has “put an unbearable burden on those already suffering from price increases,” she said.
Calling the price hike “unfair”, he said that the free LPG connection given to eight crore beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala scheme has been rendered meaningless due to cost overruns.
Congress’ Vivek Tankha called for government intervention to bring down the high cost of medicine used to treat infants suffering from a rare disease called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).
An estimated 2,500 children in India suffer from SMA disease to some extent, which can be treated by a drug manufactured in the US, he said. The final cost of the drug comes to ₹ 23 crore after adding 7 crore import duty.
The Prime Minister had recently waived import tax for the treatment of a child, the government should completely withdraw the duty and get a better price from the manufacturer.
In addition, states and the Center should have revolving funds to help children suffering from SMA, he said, adding that CSR funds of corporates should also be used for this purpose.
RJD’s AD Singh raised the issue of allocating 290 acres of “highly fertile” land by the Bihar government to handle coal-to-waste from the state-owned NTPC’s Bauriani plant.
He said that infertile land is available adjacent to the plant, but the state government has opted to provide highly fertile land 5 km away from the plant.
Citing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for the fertile land not to be used for industrial projects, he demanded that the matter be taken up with the state government.
While Mujibullah Khan of the BJD demanded Bharat Ratna for Biju Patnaik, Samajwadi Party (SP) Vishambhar Prasad Nishad wanted Ram Manohar Lohia to receive the country’s top civilian honor.
Ami Yagnik of Congress raised the issue of public safety of women and girls in rural areas, Sukharam Singh Yadav (SP) set up a separate fund to meet the development needs of MPs in the villages, called the MP Adarsh Gram Yojana, Mahesh Adopted under. Poddar (BJP) raised the issue of permanent houses for construction workers and Fauzia Khan (NCP) sought to develop the birthplace of Sai Baba of Pathri in Maharashtra’s Parbhani district as a tourist destination.
KTS Tulsi (Congress) expressed concern over controversial statements made by people in higher offices. Statements such as “the widespread crime of rape is justified” are “boys will be boys”, he said.