Gov­ern­ment se­ri­ous about straw burn­ing

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gov­ern­ment has set aside funds to pur­chase over 34,000 ma­chines to bet­ter man­age paddy straw and avoid burn­ing it in three north­ern states. Happy seed­ers, hay rakes and straw chop­pers will be bought for Pun­jab (13,700), Haryana (15,000) and Ut­tar Pradesh (6,045). Farm­ers in the three states burn crop residue dur­ing Sep­tem­ber-Novem­ber and March-May, as wheat and paddy are grown in ro­ta­tion in the re­gion. It con­trib­utes sig­nif­i­cantly to air pol­lu­tion in cities like Delhi. As a re­sult, on De­cem­ber 10, 2015, the Na­tional Green Tri­bunal banned the burn­ing of crop residue in Ra­jasthan, Ut­tar Pradesh, Haryana and Pun­jab.

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