HC Deb 05 December 1927 vol 211 cc989-90W

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether the Government of India have received any representations from the Indian Mining Federation or other body requesting the Indian Government to urge a reduction in railway freights for soft coal and similar fuel in order to discourage the use of cow manure as fuel; whether the Government have considered the question of taking the steps advocated or any other steps to achieve the same object; and what action, if any, they propose to take in the matter?


I observe from the reply given to a question in the Legislative Assembly on the 24th August that the Government of India are considering a scheme received from the Indian Mining Federation to popularise the use of coal as domestic fuel. I have no other official information, though from private information which reached me during my visit to India last winter I gathered that officials in various provinces had been, for a long time past, urging the use of coal for fuel in place of dung with some degree of success.