NEW DELHI :
TO tackle stubble burning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday directed the Agriculture Ministry to distribute equipment on a priority basis to farmers of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. This is Prime Minister Modi’s first direct intervention on the issue of air pollution in Delhi NCR. The Prime Minister had taken a review meeting on Tuesday on air pollution in the northern States. Stubble burning by farmers in these three States, especially Punjab, has been identified as a major cause of air pollution in the Delhi NCR region.
On the issue of stubble burning, the Prime Minister directed Agriculture Ministry to give priority to the farmers of the States of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana in distribution of equipment to prevent such occurrences, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said.