Punjab News: The Punjab government has announced a decrease in stubble burning incidents in the state, citing improved efforts in timely machine distribution and stubble utilization in various industries. They reported a 53% reduction in paddy straw burning incidents between September 15, 2023, and October 25, 2023, compared to the same period the previous year.
Government Reports Reduction in Stubble Burning
Haryana’s response: The Haryana government released NASA satellite images, which they claimed showed over double the number of stubble burning incidents in Punjab compared to Haryana on October 25 and 26.
Haryana Releases NASA Images to Contradict Claims
On the NASA data: Jawahar Yadav, the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, referred to NASA’s October 25 and 26 data, asserting that more stubble burning had occurred in Punjab than in Haryana. Yadav raised questions about the silence of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal regarding the NASA data.
SAD leaders’ perspectives: Leaders from the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) expressed the need for governments to provide adequate machinery and financial support to farmers to address the issue effectively. They also highlighted the role of construction, industrial, and vehicular pollution in overall air quality concerns.
The issue has led to a political debate, with varying perspectives on the causes of pollution and the effectiveness of government measures.