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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Aam Aadmi Party has hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his ‘five-star activists’ remark.

“AAP hopes that Prime Minister would desist from openly siding with businesses and interest groups and hold the dignity of the high office he holds,” Arvind Kejriwal led party said in a release.

“With the Prime Minister using sarcastic adjectives like five-star activists for civil society members, it gives a clear incentive to officers and people in important positions in the government to be unnaturally tough on NGOs and people who raise their voices against illegal acts of government and corporate biggies,” the party said.

Talking about the work done by the civil society members, AAP said, “It may be noted that most of the anti-corruption breakthroughs in the ten year rule of Manmohan Singh led UPA  government have been made possible due to vigilance and activism of civil right activists. Now, inspite of the efforts of the BJP led government to shut their voice, the efforts of the civil society shall continue unabated and with much more vigor.”

Any efforts to chalk the voice of the civil society would be opposed by the Aam Aadmi Party in the Parliament and on the streets. A vibrant democracy is impossible without due respect to constitution and the different section of the society including the civil rights activists, the release said.

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The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), a pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that aims to provide every household Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) replacing wood or coal fuel, has been found useful in tackling household air pollution, a new report said.

The study, “The India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative”, released by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and The Lancet, stated that in 2017 in India 12.4 lakh deaths were caused due to air pollution, of which 4.8 lakh were due to household air pollution.

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“There is increasing political momentum in India to address air pollution. Household air pollution is reducing in India faciliated by the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. The findings systematically document the variations among states, which would serve as a useful guide for making further progress in reducing the adverse impact of air pollution in the country,” Proffesor Balram Bhargava, Secretary, Health Research, Ministry of Health, and Director General, ICMR, said.

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According to the report, reasons for the household air pollution are mainly residential burning of solid fuels for cooking and to some extent heating. The major types of such fuel are wood, dung, agricultural residues, coal and charcoal.

The study found that states like Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Meghalaya, who stood low in Semi Demographic Index (SDI – a composite measure based on per capita income, average educational attainment and fertility rate), were using more solid fuels. (IANS)