New Delhi: Union Minister Farooq Abdullah Friday got a gentle rap from Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar for replying in Punjabi to a supplementary question without giving
a prior notice.
"You can speak either in English or Hindi. If you want to
speak in any other language, we need advance notice to arrange
for an interpretor so that everyone could understand," Kumar
said after the Minister completed his reply.
When Pratap Singh Bajwa (Congress) asked a supplementary
question in English on renewable energy, Abdullah, a Kashmiri,
replied in Punjabi. The Minister was, however, assisted in
choice of words by another Kashmiri colleague in the Cabinet
Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Abdullah`s sudden shift to Punjabi saw the House burst
into laughter. After the reply was over, the Speaker gently
reminded him of the Parliamentary procedure of giving advance
notice if someone wants to speak in any language other than
English or Hindi.
Bajwa wanted to know about government`s efforts to
increase power generation from solar and other renewable
Abdullah informed the House that the government has
undertaken 40 R and D projects for the development of such
sources of energy and said even in Parliament House complex
efforts were on to replace the conventional lighting with
He said tariffs for renewable energy is quite affordable
at Rs three per unit but it was quite expensive in case of
solar energy which ranged between Rs 15 to Rs 20 per unit and
the government was trying to bring down this cost.
He also asked the states to come up with projects and
offered help to implement them.
Replying to another question, he said the Ministry of
Renewable Energy was working in tandem with the Ministry of
Power to achieve "Electricity for All" target by 2012.