Official ‘tips’ to counteract the effects of pollution

Indian MP ridicules Ministers' suggestions to eat carrots & listen to music

Congress MP Pratap Singh Bajwa was referring to Health Minister Harsh Vardhan's suggestion of eating carrots, and Prakash Javadekar's tweet where urged people to start listening to music to check the effects of pollution.

Participating in a discussion on pollution, Pratap Singh Bajwa said Health Minister Harsh Vardhan recently tweeted that people should eat carrots for protection from pollution related harm to health.“They are asking us to eat carrots. Are we goats?" was the question of a Congress member in Rajya Sabha on Thursday as he took a dig at Union minister Harsh Vardhan for suggesting that consuming this root vegetable can help check the effects of air pollution.

Bajwa also referred to a recent tweet by Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar that people should start their day by listening music. "He knows that people's lungs are hurting, their throat is choked and tears are streaming from their eyes. We are already facing the music," he said.

According to¸ the increasing air pollution in Delhi is a serious concern. A recent Green Peace report said that out of 30 most polluted cities, 22 are in India.

But even as the discussion on air pollution continued MPs across party lines said that stubble burning alone cannot be blamed for rising levels of air pollution in and around Delhi. They called upon the government to provide incentives to farmers so that they dispose of stubble in a more scientific manner.

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