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

Leslie Hanson
November 12, 2017

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 objective in 2016-17 and 2017-18.

On Wednesday evening, Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal chaired an emergency meeting with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. "Until state governments don't find economically viable solutions to crop burning it will not stop", said Kejriwal.

The Punjab govt has weighed into the issue of crop burning, urging the Chief Minister of Indian Punjab Amarinder Singh to ban the practice that is behind a pollution crisis affecting large parts of both countries.

A dense blanket of smog enveloped Delhi this week, prompting authorities to announce the "odd-even" rationing of cars from November 13 for five days, closure of schools till Sunday and a four-fold hike in parking fee for vehicles. "All of us need to keep politics aside and work together to tackle this huge problem of pollution", he added. "Mr Kejriwal doesn't understand this problem", said Amarinder, who has had frequent verbal spats with Kejriwal in the run up to the last Punjab assembly elections.

Amid the blame game, the air quality of Delhi and its satellite towns deteriorated further on Thursday with all of them recording air quality index higher than 480 on a scale of 500. Amarinder has also requested Modi to convene a meeting of the chief ministers of the affected states along with the Union ministers for agriculture, food and environment on the issue.

He urged the Centre to "rise to the occasion" and "come to the rescue" of the farmers with financial aid to compensate for stubble management.

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