The Congress MP moved a Private Member Bill in the Lok Sabha on Friday to establish and demarcate two separate time zones to provide for more practical and inclusive administration in the country.
The Congress MP in a tweet said, "Northeast wakes up earlier and loses good one to two hour of productivity hour everyday against IST. In the LokSabha today I moved a Private Member Bill to establish & demarcate 2 separate Time Zones to provide for more practical and inclusive administration in India."
Bengaluru-based National Institute of Advanced Studies in 2017 had carried out a study that concluded that a separate time zone for the northeastern region could help in saving 2.7 billion units of electricity every year.
In the Northeast, the day starts getting brighter by 4 am and darker by 5 pm.
So, by the time people start working, half the day has already passed and this requires lights to remain on for longer beyond the sunset, using more electricity.
A different time zone would allow sunsets to take place later, allowing the citizens to better use their daylight hours.