Only green crackers this Diwali in Haryana: CM Manohar Lal Khattar

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said that this Deepawali, only green crackers will be allowed in the State. A complete ban has been imposed on the manufacturing, sale, and use of all kinds of firecrackers except for green crackers. Other kinds of firecrackers create highly toxic gases and pollutants that poison the air, hence only green crackers will be allowed, he added.

Khattar said that open spaces have been earmarked for the sale of green crackers in each district. More and more information related to these places is being publicized. Strict action will be taken against those selling firecrackers without licence. While enjoying the festive fervour, it becomes our utmost duty to take care of the environment, he added.

Haryana is taking concrete steps for stubble management and improving air quality

The Chief Minister said that Haryana is taking concrete steps for stubble management and improving air quality.

“To control stubble burning, the State Government has implemented a framework which includes In-situ Crop Residue Management, Ex-situ Management, Effective monitoring, enforcement and wide reach of Information Education and Communication (IEC) activities,” said the CM.

He further informed that under In-situ management, 23 lakh MT crop residues will be utilized through various machines and decomposers and 13 MT crop residues will be utilized under ex-situ management.

“Farmers are being continuously made aware of the ill effects of stubble burning. A total of 72,777 machines have been provided to farmers through CHCs and individually for stubble management in the last 4 years. However, this year only, 7146 machines have been made available, these include baling unit, super seeder, zero till seed cum fertilizer drill etc,” informed the Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister said that an incentive amount of Rs. 1000 per acre to farmers for bailing (In-Situ Management) is being given by the State Government and along with transportation charges of bales at Rs. 500 per acre limited to a maximum of Rs. 15,000 to Gaushalas.

“The State Government has formulated a special framework for stubble management to reduce pollution,” added Khattar

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