Environment Ministers of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan to meet on October 1 over the stubble-burning issue

The stubble burning is one of the major reasons for air pollution in northern Indian especially the national capital and its neighbouring states during the winters. 

Today, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “Environment Ministers of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan will meet on Oct 1 over the stubble-burning issue.”

The stubble burning is one of the major reasons for air pollution in northern India especially the national capital and its neighbouring states during the winters.

On 24 September, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced an innovative technique – Pusa Decomposer – developed by the scientists at Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI). It will be used for the speedy decomposition of stubble in the national capital and nearby states. The stubble burning has been a huge issue for the National Capital cause it directly hit Delhi’s AQI.

On 26 September, Kejriwal wrote a letter to Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar regarding air pollution in Delhi caused due to stubble burning in neighbouring states. He asked the Centre to resolve this issue together and spread awareness among farmers about the new cost-effective and eco-friendly technique developed by IARI.

On 27 September, the Punjab government appointed 8,000 nodal officers to check stubble burning in the ongoing Kharif season. 23,500 more machines being given to farmers for onsite management of paddy straw.

On Monday, the Delhi HC had issued a notice to the Centre, for immediate measures for preventing stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. “Pollution will aggravate the COVID-19 situation in the capital,” the plea said.

385 farm fires have been reported in the past six days in 11 out of 22 districts of Punjab.

 

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