Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday asked his Punjab counterpart Amarinder Singh to meet him in Chandigarh over stubble burning by farmers leading to smog and pollution in the capital and surrounding areas. Khattar said he was in Delhi for two days, and Kejriwal could meet him at any time, but reminded the Delhi CM that "while Punjab has not spent even a paisa out its allocation of Rs 97.58 crore, Haryana has used Rs 39 crore of the allocation of Rs 45 crore released for crop residue management".
"You may feel free to call me to fine tune a mutually convenient date, time and venue for the meeting", Khattar had said in the letter.
Kejriwal had recently said that keeping political differences aside, the Centre, Haryana, Punjab and Delhi governments should come together to find a permanent solution to stubble burning which leads to high pollution every year. The Delhi government has been asking for a joint meeting of the chief ministers of Haryana, Punjab and Delhi to find a solution to the air pollution that is choking Delhi and the rest of NCR for nearly two weeks. Earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention on the issue.
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In a letter to Kejriwal, Khattar said some 40,000 families cultivate around 40,000 hectares in Delhi.
Khattar had written back to Kejriwal on 10 November, in response to a letter from the latter on 8 November.
Kejriwal then wrote on Twitter that he was trying to meet Khattar in Delhi, but the Haryana CM told him that he was busy. Such collective action problems require everyone to do their bit....
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Kejriwal's invitation comes a day after reports claimed that though both the Delhi and Haryana CM said that they are willing to meet each other, the meet never happened.
A thick blanket of smog, mainly caused by stubble burning, has enveloped parts of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi, severely affecting normal life and troubling people in breathing.
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