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

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It turns it wasn't just Arvind Kejriwal, but also Pakistan's Punjab government that requested Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh do something to tackle pollution by ending crop stubble burning in the state.

Dense smog continued to hang over Delhi and the National Capital Region for the fourth day today, leaving people gasping for breath during the morning hours. Delhi's toxic air has been linked to allergies, respiratory conditions, birth malformations among other health problems.

The Minister, while talking to the mediapersons said that the farmers need equipment for processing paddy stubble.

"We will seize the property of that farmer, who had been given support from the state government and still went ahead with burning the crop residue", Justice Kumar asked the Haryana government. Delhi Government, which is also a stakeholder in solving this problem, should help.

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As Delhi and neighbouring states battle smog caused by stubble burning, Punjab government's Dollars 1 million Paddy Straw Management Challenge Fund, a global cash award for those coming up viable solution for pollution-free management of stubble, is stuck in bureaucratic wranglings. They (Delhi Government) have no dearth of funds, he added. "He doesn't understand this problem", Singh said.

With Delhi's air quality severe since the last four days, the NGT on Friday rapped the governments of Delhi and neighbouring states, saying "you've earned Delhi the title of the worst capital in the world" and ordered them to ensure an end to stubble burning.

Latching on Kejriwal's comments, the twitter handle of Pakistan's Punjab province also called upon Amarinder Singh's government to take steps to counter air pollution.

The unabated stubble burning, especially in Punjab and Haryana, estimated to be around 35 million tonnes, was banned by the tribunal in November 2015. He sought a compensatory allowance of Rs 100 per quintal of paddy as incentive for farmers to manage the crop residue scientifically.

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