Shun firecrackers for the safety of their kids and family: Kejriwal
Shun firecrackers for the safety of their kids and family: Kejriwal

Inviting all to the Virtual Lakshmi puja and warning of the double whammy of pollution amid the Covid pandemic, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday appealed to people to shun firecrackers for the safety of their kids and family. Kejriwal said he will be performing Lakshmi Puja at 7.39 pm on November 14, along with other Delhi Cabinet Ministers, which will be live-streamed. He appealed to every Delhiite to join in the Diwali celebrations by performing Lakshmi Puja at their homes.

He also declared -“Delhi has given an alternative to stubble burning. “Hopefully,” he said that “this will be the last year when we have to tolerate pollution due to stubble burning”. “There are adverse effects of both corona and pollution in Delhi this year. The Delhi government, along with the people of Delhi, are making all efforts to deal with the issue. The situation of Corona is deteriorating due to pollution,”.

The smoke from stubble burning causes pollution in Delhi every year but no state government has provided any effective solution to the problem of stubble burning, he said and claimed to have discussed the issue with many farmers in the adjoining states, and come up with a plan. “To provide an alternative to stubble burning, the Delhi government has taken a significant step in association with the PUSA Institute. The farmers do not need to burn stubble, they can use a chemical developed by the PUSA Institute on the fields, and the stubble turns into manure in just 20 days. I hope that this is the last year when we have to suffer due to pollution,” Kejriwal said. He reminded how Delhiites had vowed last year not to burn firecrackers on Diwali.

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