Delhi govt creating hype on pollution issue for politicalreasons: Centre

New Delhi, Nov 22 (PTI) The Delhi government is 'creatinghype' on the issue of rising air pollution in the nationalcapital due to 'political reasons', Minister of State forAgriculture Kailash Choudhary told the Rajya Sabha on Friday.

Responding to queries during Question Hour, he said, 'Itmay be the failure of the state government. There are manyreasons for rise in pollution. However, the state governmentis creating hype for political reasons.' He said there was no need to blame farmers for the risein pollution as stubble burning has contributed to only 3 percent to the overall air pollution in Delhi.

On stringent measures taken against farmers to curbstubble burning, the minister said, 'It is wrong to sendfarmers to jail. However, it is a state subject.' On the Supreme Court's directive, some states areoffering Rs 100/quintal assistance to farmers. Even thecentral government's agriculture research body ICAR hasdeveloped seven post harvesting machines to reduce stubbleburning in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, he added.

Every year, the national capital sees rise in airpollution on the onset of winter. PTI LUXDV DV