Pollution peaks, so does petty politics
While there is no solution in sight to the spiralling air pollution crisis, politics has begun among the Chief Ministers of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had sought the Centre’s intervention last year. This year, it has been done by Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh. Kejriwal, however, wrote an identical letter to Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and Singh, seeking an urgent meeting to stop stubble burning in their states.
Singh has chosen to take the matter to the doors of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking crop management compensation for farmers, who have so far been burning stubble to clear fields for the next crop despite a court ban.
Taking to Twitter, Khattar asserted that “concrete” steps are being taken to deal with the “sudden” increase in pollution in Delhi-NCR. “We have taken all possible steps in Haryana,” he told reporters.
Haryana Agriculture Minister Om Prakash Dhankar wrote to Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh requesting him to let the central government allow utilisation of labour under MNREGA for disposal of paddy straw for a period of one month.
“I have been seeking a meeting with both Haryana and Punjab chief ministers since yesterday, but I have not received any response,” Kejriwal …read more