The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has taken a front to improve Delhi’s air during the winter season. Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Dr P.K. Mishra has constituted a high-level task force that will monitor the incidents of stubble burning in the fields of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
Along with this, emphasis will be laid on ensuring the availability of machines and other necessary precautionary measures for the management of crop residues in the National Capital Region.
While presiding over the meeting of the high-level workforce, Mishra directed the Chief Secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh as well as secretaries of various departments and ministries of the Central Government in this regard. Representatives of Central Pollution Control Board besides the Ministries of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Agriculture, Roads and Petroleum participated in the meeting. Mishra emphasized that necessary preparations should be made well in advance of harvesting and winter season to ensure proper precautionary and preventive measures to deal with the causes of air pollution.
The Principal Secretary reviewed and reviewed the progress made by the main sources of air pollution, the measures taken by the state governments and various ministries. The issue was noted in the meeting that during the last two years the incidence of the burning of straw has decreased by more than 50 per cent and the number of days with good AQI has increased. Efforts made by the states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to prevent the burning of crop residues and their schemes were considered in detail.
In this, the emphasis was laid on ensuring the deployment and availability of machines at the ground level for the management of crop residues. It was emphasized that after the recent induction of these machines and plants into the priority lending sector by the Reserve Bank of India, the Central and State Governments jointly prepare an action plan for rapid deployment of such plants needed. Crop diversification and measures to strengthen supply chains were also discussed.