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Will introduce pvt member bill to strengthen CPCB: Cong MP Gaurav Gogoi

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Press Trust of India New Delhi
Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi said on Thursday he will introduce a private member's bill for giving "more teeth" to apex anti-pollution body CPCB in the upcoming session of Parliament.
Speaking on the sidelines of an event here, Gogoi said he intends to present a private member's bill with a new Clean Air (Amendment) Act where health impacts of air pollution is given top priority.
He said he would be presenting the bill in the winter session of Parliament.
"Presently, the Central Pollution Control Board does not have the power to impose penalties. It can endorse compensation but it is not mentioned in the Clean Air Act. The CPCB is like a 'toothless tiger' right now and there is a need to give it more teeth," he said.
Secondly, there needs to be realisation that solving the problem of pollution in Delhi needs a "multi-sectoral" approach, Gogoi said.
"Lastly, transparency is very important and for that the CPCB can put out a ranking of all the state PCBs on their performance. Similarly an exercise can also be done for industries which cause most pollution," he said.
Gogoi, the MP from Kaliabor in Assam, said pollution has become "a public health emergency" and there is a need to treat it like one.
"Right to breathe clean air needs to become a fundamental right. There needs to be multi-sectoral multi-ministerial effort that has involvement right from the PMO (Prime Minister's Office) level," he said.
Gogoi further said that political parties should rise above politics to deal with the alarming levels of pollution being battled by the country.
The next session of Parliament will start on November 18 and continue till December 13.
The air quality in Delhi remained in the severe category on Thursday morning, with the smoky haze lingering over the national capital for the third consecutive day becoming a serious health concern for the residents. Twenty-two of the 37 air quality monitoring stations across Delhi recorded the air quality in the severe category.

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First Published: Oct 31 2019 | 2:45 PM IST

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