In a step that is set to provide a big relief to residents of Delhi and surrounding areas, the Narendra Modi-led central government has cleared schemes worth Rs 1200 crore to help check the air pollution in the national capital. NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant informed of the development addressing an event today, adding that the schemes will ensure clean air for the residents of Delhi-NCR. Highlighting that the air quality worsens during the period from October to December due to the burning of agricultural residue in neighbouring states, Kant said that the rollout of the schemes cleared by the Centre will help curb pollution in Delhi and nearby areas. Notably, since past many years, the national capital and the region nearby is seen getting covered with a layer of smog during the last months of the year as the cold air doesn’t let the pollutants (released due to cracker burning or burning crop residue) settle down.
Notably, last month, the apex court also appreciated the ‘bold moves’ by the Centre in the direction of checking on air pollution in the Delhi-NCR region. The bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta had also accepted the Centre’s comprehensive plan to fight air contamination which it presented to the court. It is worth mentioning here that the Modi government had also set up a high-level task force under the principal secretary to the Prime Minister. The task force was asked to come up with a plan to counter the air crisis in the Delhi-NCR region due to the burning of crops.
Amitabh Kant, on Wednesday (February 22), also informed about the government’s effort to deal with loss-making public sector units. He said that the NITI Aayog has already handed over four lists of such PSUs to the government and is working on the fifth one. He added that the efforts on PSUs must be seen in the light of government’s disinvestment target.