Rs 1,000 crore plan to curb stubble burning, air pollution in NCR

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Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya:  Centre has said that Rs 1,000 crore is spent in the coming Budget to tackle the problem of stubble burning, among other things, in Delhi’s neighbouring states while in an effort to make the air in the capital more breathable and relieve it from the smog that has come to mark its winters.

The Centre had decided to provide subsidies to farmers to purchase machines like Happy Seeder and Rotavators in order to deal with farm residue in such a manner that does not require it to be burnt. The committee also examined the option of a cash incentive of Rs 100 a quintal of paddy procurement to farmers but said it was not feasible to implement as small farmers may not get the benefit and the proposal was not cost effective.

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