New Delhi, Mar 30 (PTI) Parliamentarians and Bollywood actors will play a cricket match on April eight at Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh to spread awareness about making India tuberculosis-free. Also Read - Yoga During Pregnancy? Kareena Kapoor Khan Has Some Tips For You

“We will be playing a match on April 8 to spread awareness about making India TB free,” Anurag Thakur (BJP) said in the Lok Sabha today. Also Read - India-China Standoff: 4 Indian Soldiers, 20 Chinese Injured in Face-off at LAC in Sikkim's Naku La

Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan has also tweeted about the match inviting people for it and joining the fight against TB, he said. Also Read - Natasha Dalal's Bridal Look Video: Stuns in Ivory Lehenga, White Chooda, And Lot of Grace

Initiating in a discussion on the third UN’s Sustainable Development Goal relating to health for all, Thakur underlined the need for raising public expenditure on health.

He regretted that India ranked low on various health parameters and its expenditure on health was just 1.3 per cent of the GDP as against 3.1 per cent in China.

Thakur also made a case for promoting growth so that more funds could be made available for dealing with public health issues and praised the Prime Minister’s Swachch Bharat mission saying it should get support from all political parties.

Before the discussion, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan spoke at length asking members to have a constructive discussion on the issue and introspect on the ways to deal with the issues which affect common people.

She said her endeavour would be to discuss at least one of the 17 UN’s sustainable development goals.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.