Members of Parliament of Trinamool Congress (TMC) raised issue related to public importance in both houses of the Parliament.
Leaders of the party in Lok Sabha Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Ratna De Nag spoke about call drops issue and arsenic poisoning, respectively, while in the Upper House, Nadimul Haque raised the issue of appointment of Chief Information Commissioner during Zero Hour.
Bandyopadhyay raised the issue of call drops which is currently a major concern for people. “For a call of 15 minutes duration, the line gets disconnected at least 15 times,” he said. “Has the Government taken any step to collect money from private companies for call drops and how much money has been collected so far,” he said.
Also in Lok Sabha, Nag made a Zero Hour mention about arsenic poisoning. She said that 96 out of 640 districts have arsenic deposits and arsenic is entering our food chain. “Over 3 lakh people have arsenic related disease of which 30 per cent are poor,” she said, adding that the government must bring a policy to ensure arsenic poisoning is contained and arsenic does not enter our food chain.
Haque pointed out that till date 33,000 cases are pending before the CIC and the delay in appointment of CIC has laid to denial of information on higher offices. Why is the government not appointing CIC expeditiously, he wondered while urging that in future the government must appoint the CIC well in advance before the term of sitting commissioner ends.