Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday asked his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh to meet him in Chandigarh over stubble burning by farmers leading to smog and pollution in the capital and surrounding areas.
The bedrock of such a mechanism is a "mindset" where "words come out from the depth of truth", the Haryana chief minister said, adding that Kejriwal's letter inviting Khattar and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for discussions on reducing pollution contained no hint of such a mindset. "I am indeed open to meeting you anytime anywhere to solve the problem of dangerously bad air in NCR", Khattar wrote back.
Khattar on Monday tweeted a copy of a letter he sent to Kejriwal on November 10, asking him to "rise above short-term electoral gains" and focus on collective action in the fight against pollution. But the Aam Aadmi Party chief would travel to Chandigarh to discuss crop burning and other issues with the Haryana CM. The Haryana Chief Minister also took a dig at his Punjab counterpart for not spending "even a paisa out of its central allocation of Rs 97.58 crore" and said that Haryana has spent Rs 39 crore of the allocation of Rs 45 crore released for crop residue management. I believe no single person, organisation or government can improve the quality of air. "What steps have been taken to keep them from burning stubble?"
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The Haryana CM's letter was in response to a November 8 letter by Kejriwal, in which he had sought time from Khattar to discuss stubble burning. "We direct all the pollution control boards and departments concerned of Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to ensure that there is no stubble burning anymore", NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said.
A thick blanket of smog, mainly caused by stubble burning, has enveloped parts of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi, severely affecting normal life and troubling people in breathing.