Pakistan's Punjab Government Urges Amarinder Singh To Ban Stubble Burning

Amarinder Singh Gill and Arun Jaitley

In a tweet put out on Wednesday, Kejriwal informed his followers on Twitter that he had sought meetings with the chief ministers of Punjab and Haryana to find a solution to crop burning. He reiterated his demand for compensation for farmers for crop resident management to check the risky trend of stubble burning, which has triggered a major smog crisis in the northern belt of the country.

The maximum air quality in the national capital and its nearby areas is hovering between 400-700, which is above the danger level.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Environment and Forest has created a seven-member committee headed by the environment secretary to monitor the implementation of the short-term and long-term solutions. AQI of neighbouring Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida and Gurgaon were also in the emergency category.

The dense thick smog which has been bothering the residents of Delhi will eventually decrease and has already started to improve now. Calling it an "emergency situation", a bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Sanjeev Sachdeva asked the government to consider the option of "cloud seeding" to induce rainfall artificially. Earlier, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had written to his Punjab and Haryana counterparts, Captain Amarinder Singh and Manohar Lal Khattar, respectively, seeking a meeting to end the problem of stubble burning.

Singh has demanded about Rs 2,000 crore from the Centre for the management of the harvest residue and preventing farmers from burning it and causing pollution.

The pollution emergency in Delhi-NCR have forced the AAP government to bring back the car-rationing scheme odd-even.

There is also a need for preventive medical check-ups for the people.

"There is 20 million tonne of paddy straw in Punjab".

The Punjab chief minister said he requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to convene a meeting of the chief ministers of affected states along with union ministers in order to find out a solution. Blaming the three sides for politicking over it and not addressing the problem by planning for it through the year, he said, "This happens every year at this time".

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