Delhi smog: NHRC issues notice to Centre, Punjab-Haryana govt.
Delhi smog: NHRC issues notice to Centre, Punjab-Haryana govt.
Killer smog: When Pakistan's Punjab government dialed Amarinder Singh via Arvind Kejriwal
12 November, 2017, 04:39
Odd-even auto formula from Nov 13 to 17, HC gives emergency directions As dense smog continued to blanket Delhi for the third consecutive day on Thursday, the Centre made a decision to set up a seven-member committee of secretaries to implement the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to tackle air pollution even as the Arvind Kejriwal government announced to bring back the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme for a few days from November 13.
"Kejriwal is a peculiar person who has views on everything without understanding the situation".
"There is 20 million tonne of paddy straw in Punjab". The tweet, which was in response to Mr Kejriwal's request to the chief ministers of Punjab and Haryana on Twitter for a meeting, also accompanied a link to their "medium/long term action plan to combat smog".
On Thursday, Amarinder wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to convene a meeting of the affected states.
According to Skymet weather, the wind flow was mild, calm and northwesterly that carried the pollutants from the adjoining states Punjab and Haryana where stubble burning were practiced on a regular basis. People and government of Delhi are ready to take all steps but these steps will not be enough until a solution to crop burning is found. Both of us together can urge centre.
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But Amarinder rejected the meeting saying that only the Union government can find a solution by giving financial help to farmers to handle the residue.
"However, what is probably not being understood in proper perspective is that a problem, which is essentially scientific and economic can not be tackled through other means, including coercion", he said.
It also directed the states to demonstrate the crop residue management machines at farm fields using the Rs 132.5 crore funds allocated to them for this goal under the Sub- Mission on Agricultural Mechanisation for the current fiscal. This could be released by way of direct benefit transfer (DBT) to farmers after due verification.
The Centre on Friday asked Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan to help farmers manage crop residue better to stop incidents such as stubble burning, as figures show states such as Punjab haven't used the funds allocated for the goal in 2016-17 and 2017-18. The National Green Tribunal has directed Delhi and the four states to take strict measures to deal with the pollution problem, it said in a statement.
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