Khattar also slammed the Delhi government for not doing enough for welfare of their own farmers in the capital and added, "What steps did Kejriwal take for stubble burning on over 40,000 hectares of land in Delhi".
After going back and forth over the smoggy conditions in the National Capital Region for nearly a week, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday that he would meet his Haryana counterpart, Manohar Lal Khattar, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Official sources told UNI that militants attacked a police party at Kajwar, Handwara in Kupwara. In its response to Kejriwal, the Haryana CM agreed to meet him "any time", but advised him to "rise above short-term electoral interests" in this matter.
The development came after Khattar wrote to Kejriwal, saying he was likely to be in Delhi on November 13 and 14.
"Here, the solution is to provide alternatives to farmers so that they do not burn stubble", said Narain, also a member of the Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution Control Authority. He asked Kejriwal to call him to set a mutually convenient date, time, and venue for the meeting.
Meanwhile, Khattar went ahead and mentioned about the satellite images which proved reduction in stubble burning in Haryana since 2014. The air quality deteriorated on Monday after marginally improving over the weekend. "Such problems require collective action and everyone should do their bit".
Khattar pointed out, quoting the Union agriculture minister, that Haryana had used Rs 39 crore out of the Rs 45 crore sanctioned by the Centre for crop residue management. "And more importantly, a strong mechanism is needed to enhance the outcome of such constructive steps", wrote Khattar. He has asked me to come to Chandigarh on Wednesday. Arvind Kejriwal has blamed thick, toxic smog enveloping the national capital mainly on farmers burning crop stubble in Punjab and Haryana to clear fields for the next sowing season.
On November 8, Kejriwal had sent a letter to chief ministers of neighbouring Punjab and Haryana states, urging them to work jointly to resolve the air pollution issue. He said he had written to the chief ministers of both states to put their heads together to find a solution, but had not been given an appointment by either."I will be in Delhi on Monday and Tuesday , As Reported By NDTV".