While Delhi's air-quality plummeted to an all-time low, a high-level meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Urban Development on the city's deteriorating air quality stood postponed today after the top officials remained absent.
#UPDATE Parliamentary Standing Committee of Urban Development meeting has been postponed as 3 commissioners of MCD, Vice-Chairman of DDA, Secretary/Joint Secretary of Environment did not attend meeting. The Committee has taken serious note against the officers. https://t.co/RgpeXnboRT— ANI (@ANI) November 15, 2019
The Municipal Commissioners of all three corporations failed to show up and the key meet on pollution stood cancelled after top officers, including the secretary and joint secretary did not attend it.
Reports suggest that the Union Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar has assured that he will look into the matter.
#NewsAlert – I will look into it and find out why people didn’t turn up for the Parliamentary Standing Committee meeting on Delhi pollution: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar. #RightToBreathe pic.twitter.com/0u8XNYlspd— News18 (@CNNnews18) November 15, 2019
The officials were supposed to meet after the air quality in the NCR and its adjoining areas plunged to the 'severe' category.
As Delhi continues to gasp for fresh air, this kind of negligence by the authorities is not acceptable to the people. Many of them took to Twitter to express their anger.
Such is the level of seriousness around pollution among policymakers that the Urban Development Parliamentary committee meeting this morning on pollution had to be cancelled because MCD, DDA, Environment ministry officials didn’t even bother to show up. Only 4 MPs came. Shameful.— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) November 15, 2019
Here's a list of Members of the committee. Do tell us who amongst these were the ones to show up.— Meghnad (@[email protected]) (@Memeghnad) November 15, 2019
Important to name them. pic.twitter.com/ksgSUIp4Yr
They dont care about public health!!! They can fit 140 air purifiers at PM residence but public suffers is ok for long time!!!— Nilesh Shekokar (@nileshshekokar) November 15, 2019
Ghambir sir pollution se ladai ladne indore gye haihttps://t.co/ACWmNGMVnr— Political Babu (@BabuPolitics) November 15, 2019
Kindly name all those were absent so that public should know the people who are not serious for us— Sidhi Sharma (@DelhiKiSiddhi) November 15, 2019
Chairman of Parliament committee on pollution must summon the officials absent from the meeting and charge them with contempt and breach of privileges https://t.co/pc1vkSnJ6E— Sunil Kumar Rastogi (@SunilKumarRast7) November 15, 2019
So most of our elected reps didnt turn up for a parliamentary meeting on air pollution, while Delhi/NCR struggles to breathe. Perfect reason why right to recall should be an option available to voters.— Advaita Kala / अद्वैता काला (@AdvaitaKala) November 15, 2019
Hussain Masoodi, CR Patil, Jagdambika Pal and Sanjay Singh were the four MPs who showed up for the Urban Development Parliamentary Affairs meeting on pollution. Other worthies didn’t think it was worth their while. Below is the list of MPs who are part of this committee. https://t.co/FRhKSuuMcl pic.twitter.com/OZrvaeiOsw— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) November 15, 2019
Also get the names of those who attended so that we can salute them. ☝️— Isabella_Chatterjee (@IsabellaChatte3) November 15, 2019
At a time when it is becoming difficult for Delhiites to survive, this kind of irresponsible behaviour from people's representatives is not only unacceptable but also infuriating.