Stubble burning: Centre should fix deadlines, says Sisodia

Stubble burning: Centre should fix deadlines, says Sisodia

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New Delhi, Nov 2: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday said the Centre should should give a deadline to the states for delivering necessary machinery to farmers of Haryana and Punjab to stop them from burning stubble.

Addressing a press conference here at the AAP office, Mr Sisodia demanded from the central government to present a report on the impact made by the delivered machines in the states. "The stubble burning has increased this year as compared to last year. Does the central government have a solution to this?" Mr Sisodia asked.

He said the inaction of the central government on this matter shows the helplessness and the priorities of the Centre. "Central government minister Prakash Javadekar does not have time to hold a discussion meeting with the environment ministers of all the states on the most significant matter concerning the whole of North India.

The Chief Minister had written to him but received no response. Prakash scheduled a meeting on stubble burning on 12th September, but postponed it, then scheduled a meeting on October 17, but canceled it via e-mail. There was a meeting scheduled on 19th October but canceled it again via e-mail, and then there was no communication. This just shows the shaken priorities and helplessness of the central government that not a single meeting has been held on the matter."

Mr Sisodia also said that if the central government has any solution, it should present a deadline to all the states. "They should fix a timeline of the delivery of adequate machinery and equipment to the farmers who are engaged in stubble burning. They should provide proper alternatives to farmers to stop them from burning stubble," he said.

Earlier in the day, Information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar came heavily on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for politicising the air pollution issue.

"It is unfortunate that Delhi CM is politicising the issue of Air Pollution & instigating students to write a letter to Haryana & Punjab CMs to show them in bad light and present them as villains." Mr Javadekar said while announcing the IFFI awards here in the capital.

He said the problem of air pollution has aggravated in the last 15 years and is now being effectively remedied by the Narendra Modi led government. "We have started inter-state meetings of NCR ministers and officials. All stakeholders need to act together and not blame each other," the Minister said. (UNI)