New Delhi, Jun 21: Elders on Friday paid tributes in the Rajya Sabha to the children who died of an outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis in Bihar and demanded immediate intervention of the Central government in the state's affairs.
During the proceedings of the House, Viplove Thakur of the Congress raised the issue of children who died of Japanese Encephalitis in Bihar and demanded that tributes be paid to them in the House. Speaker M Venkaiah Naidu directed the Secretary General to take immediate action. Subsequently, members of the House observed a minute's silence in homage to the victims.
Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Binoy Vishwam of the Communist Party of India sought the immediate intervention of the Central government saying there was no basic infrastructure of health facilities in the state. He said the Centre should provide immediate help to the state government for developing this infrastructure and give compensation to the families of children killed by brain fever.
Viplove Thakur and Hussain Dalwai of the Congress were joined by Manoj Jha of the Rashtriya Janata Dal and several other members who supported Mr Visham. (UNI)