Delhi smog: NHRC issues notice to Centre, Punjab-Haryana govt.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

Rai was referring to a request Kejriwal made to Manohar Lal Khattar and Amarinder Singh, the chief ministers of Haryana and Punjab respectively, to work on a solution. "However, what is probably not being understood in proper perspective is that a problem which is essentially scientific and economic can not be tackled through other means, including coercion", the CM said.

Scientific management and disposal of paddy straw entails significant cost for the farmers and the cheaper and easy solution of burning the crop residue is "naturally preferred", said Captain Amarinder, adding that there were no technical or biological systems for managing this farm operation that were economically attractive to the farmer.

Further, he wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking compensation for farmers for crop resident management to check the risky trend of stubble burning.

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The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has categorised the air pollution levels recorded in Delhi as "severe" and doctors in the capital have warned of a public health emergency and urged people to not go out or risk chronic lung and heart diseases.

However, Captain Singh said that such a meeting of chief ministers would serve no goal.

Summary: Gurugram (Haryana): Following Delhi's lead, all government and private schools in Gurugram will also remain closed on November 10 and 11, due to the toxic smog. He even called Mr Kejriwal a "peculiar person with views on everything but no understanding" and said that there isn't much that he can do without the help of the centre. Where do I ask the farmers to store it? The tweet, which was in response to Mr Kejriwal's request to the chief ministers of Punjab and Haryana on Twitter for a meeting, also accompanied a link to their "medium/long term action plan to combat smog".

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