Smog politics: blame game on between Delhi, Punjab

Smog politics: blame game on between Delhi, Punjab

Summary: Pollution at hazardous level: Kejriwal seeks meeting with Punjab, Haryana CMsDelhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal writes letter to his Punjab and Haryana counterparts for an immediate meeting as Delhi recorded a sharp dip in its air quality.

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

"Kejriwal is a peculiar person who has views on everything without understanding the situation".

In an advisory issued to these states, the Union agriculture ministry said: "Burning of crop residue in states like Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan also contributes to increasing environment pollution level".

Responding to Kejriwal's letter, Amarinder ruled out a meeting, saying any discussion among the chief ministers would serve no meaningful objective because only the Centre was equipped to address this grave issue with inter-state implications.

Women climb into drive-thru to assault manager over McNuggets order
Officers were dispatched to the McDonald's located in the 1600 block of North Meridian Street on Friday around 3 a.m. The women were then forced back out through the window and drove off at speed - without the extra chicken McNuggets.

This follows the two CMs had slugged it out on Twitter on Wednesday. Both of us together can urge centre. Khattar rebuffed that penalties had already been imposed on farmers burning stubble and it is Punjab that is still not ready to impose fine. He added that there were at present no technical or biological systems for managing this farm operation that were economically attractive to the farmer.

In 2016-17 and 2017-18, about Rs 98 crore was allocated to Punjab for crop residue management under the Sub-Mission on Agriculture Mechanisation, but data released on Friday showed that none of it was spent. 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".

Amarinder Singh has maintained that his state can not handle the 200 million ton of paddy straw generated by farmers, who burn the remnants before sowing new crops in November.

He pointed out that most of north India, including the National Capital New Delhi, is now in the throes of a pollution crisis, induced largely by burning of paddy straw in the paddy-growing areas of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. 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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