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“Punjab received most of the aid for stubble” | India News

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NEW DELHI: Punjab received 46% of central funding of Rs 1,727 crore to curb stubble burning in the past three years, but saw a 15% increase in agricultural fires over 2017 figures, while Haryana and Uttar Pradesh significantly reduced the burning of crop residues during the same period. The Center informed the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, through Attorney General Tushar Mehta and Additional Attorney General Aishwarya Bhati, provided details in an affidavit on the measures taken by the newly created Commission for Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region and Contiguous Areas. .
He said that the opinion of Punjab’s chief secretary had been sought on the making available of crop residue management (CRM) machines at farmers’ doorsteps, as well as the popularization of the use of Pusa biodecomposer technology alongside with CRM machines for on-site stubble management.
The ministry said that after an increase in incidents of stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh in 2017, the Center decided to fund a program for the promotion of agricultural mechanization and on-site management of crop residues for three years. from 2018-19. The Center allocated Rs 1,727 crore, of which Punjab got Rs 793 crore, Haryana Rs 500 crore, UP Rs 374 crore, Delhi Rs 4.5 crore, Indian Council of Agricultural Research and other central agencies Rs 55 crore.
Although Punjab received the most, the number of agricultural fires increased by 15% in 2020-21 compared to 67,079 incidents of stubble burning in 2017-18. The ministry said both Haryana and UP saw a significant reduction in stubble burning incidents over the years.
The air quality commission has also advocated for coordination between the Indian Space Research Organization, the Punjab State Remote Sensing Application Center, its counterpart in Haryana, and the National Crop Forecast Center for the identification of Real-time agricultural fires for quick response / administrative action.
On Delhi’s air quality management and reduction of pollution caused by heavy vehicles, the commission ordered the South Delhi Municipal Corporation not to allow any commercial vehicle without RFID tag to enter Delhi through 13 toll plazas where the RFID system and infrastructure have been in operation since January 1. .
The ministry said the commission, along with other stakeholders such as the Central Pollution Control Board and the Delhi Pollution Control Committee, conducted a comprehensive review of the potential use of the quality monitoring and mapping system. locally developed ‘photonics’ based air carrier called Unique Air Quality Monitoring System for a pilot test in Delhi. “CPCB and DPCC have been asked to fund this pilot project,” he said.
The commission has asked all thermal power plants in areas under its jurisdiction to adhere to the deadlines for the installation of the flue gas desulfurization system, he added.

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