November 9, 2017 4:33:57 am
As thick smog continued to envelop many parts of Haryana on Wednesday, hundreds of students in Rohtak wore masks to school. The management of a private school took the step after a few students and teachers complained of breathing problems. As a result, the the school management bought masks for its 1,100 students and teachers.
Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) member S Narayanan said multiple factors including low temperature and stubble burning were
contributing to the smog in the region.
Accroding to sources, the government has taken the issue of stubble burning on top priority but still it will still take at least two years to solve the problem. The farmers want provision of machines so that they can process the crop residue instead of burning the same. However, according to sources, the government has been able to provide such machines to a very negligible size of the farmers.
Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department Principal Secretary Abhilaksh Likhi, in a meeting on Wednesday, said that the department had distributed a subsidy amount of Rs five crore to 944 farmers for better straw management.
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