All those working as manual scavengers in the district will be trained for three months and during this process will be paid Rs 6,000 per month, Gandhi added.
Rally for Rivers is a nation-wide campaign of Isha Foundation to save rivers in the country. Founder Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev rode about 7,000 km from Kanyakumari, covering 16 states to create awareness on the issue.
Senior BJP leaders maintained that the party backs the government stand that the Rohingyas posed a serious security threat as many of them have links with terror outfits and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence.
Terming the Rohingya refugees as “illegal” immigrants, the government recently told the Supreme Court that some of them were part of a “sinister” design of Pakistan’s ISI and terror groups such as the ISIS.
In a statement on Monday, Gandhi said he will contribute Rs 5 crore from his MPLADS fund and an equal amount will be raised “personally through donations and collections from Corporate Social Responsibility funding”.
“The wing would also include an in-house research centre that would work on matters of child healthcare and prevention of several water/air-borne diseases that could affect these defenceless children,” BJP Lok Sabha member Varun Gandhi said.
The BJP MP says that MPs having autonomy on matters relating to their salary has resulted in a 400% pay hike for them in a decade
Gandhi’s Zero Hour mention was received in silence from the treasury and the Opposition benches, which were almost empty after a walk out.
“For the greater good of this nation, we must create an external body, independent of us members, to determine salaries. Or, if we self-regulate, considering the economic conditions of the last man in the society, we must empathetically forego our privileges, at least for the duration of this Parliament,” he said.
Varun Gandhi has questioned the loan waivers to big industrial groups, as he expressed his dismay over the reports of debt-ridden farmers resorting to suicide in several states.
The list, which includes top party leaders like Prime Minister Narendra Modi and its chief Amit Shah among 40 names, is meant for the third and fourth phases of the elections scheduled for February 19 and 23.
Varun, who represents Sultanpur constituency of Uttar Pradesh, had asked whether India was “employing any scientific technique for wetland conservation”.
The Sultanpur MP, who turned 36 Sunday, was sharing the dais with Kumar and Moradabad Mayor Veena Agarwal when the incident occurred.
“On this Gandhi Jayanti, can we pledge to keep religion and religion-based violence out of politics,” he tweeted.
Varun said capital punishment was ‘politically counterproductive’ since it ‘created martyrs’.