New Delhi , DEC 31|| News Desk

Synopsis:
Addressing a press conference at the DPCC office, Rajiv Bhawan here today, Shri Pawan Khera said that when Congress was in power in Delhi for 15 years, it never used the word “Parali” burning (farm residue), but for the past seven years, ever since the Arvind Government came to power, the main reason for Delhi’s rising air pollution has been attributed to “parali” burning, though the real reasons are traffic pollution, dust from demolition and construction sites, waste burning etc.

National spokesperson of the All India Congress Committee Shri Pawan Kehra demanded a CBI inquiry into the major scam by the Arvind Government in the distribution of Pusa Bio-Decomposer, a microbial spray, developed by the Microbiology Division of the Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI), Delhi, to end paddy residue burning, which was allegedly contributing to the air pollution in the Capital, though the real cause was traffic pollution, dust from demolition and construction sites, waste burning etc. 

Addressing a press conference at the DPCC office, Rajiv Bhawan here today, Shri Pawan Khera said that when Congress was in power in Delhi for 15 years, it never used the word “Parali” burning (farm residue), but for the past seven years, ever since the Arvind Government came to power, the main reason for Delhi’s rising air pollution has been attributed to “parali” burning, though the real reasons are traffic pollution, dust from demolition and construction sites, waste burning etc.

He said that the Arvind Government, which is now trying to champion the cause of the farmers, protesting on Delhi borders for the past 40 days in this bone-chilling cold, demanding the repeal of the three black agricultural laws passed by the Modi Government without any discussion, either with the stakeholders (the farmers, their unions and their representatives) or in Parliament, had blamed the farmers till a few months ago for the contribution of the worsening air pollution in Delhi. Others present at the press conference were ex-MLA Shri Vijay Lochav and Chairman of Kisan Congress Shri Rajbeer Solanki.

Shri Khera said that CM Arvind launched the bio-decomposer, developed by ICMR, with much fanfare, and spent over Rs 10 crore for advertisements, and over Rs 23 lakhs for its distribution to 310 farmers (Rs 22.84 for tractors and tent, Rs 40,000 for purchase of bio-decomposer etc). He said that according to information accessed through RTI, though over 1200 farmers had registered for the bio-decomposer, only 310 farmers from 39 villages in Delhi were given the decomposer capsules, on the premise that four decomposer capsules are required per hectare, and accordingly, 3200 capsules were required for 800 hectares of paddy cultivation in the villages of Delhi. (But according to an RTI reply, 8000 capsules were purchased, raising the big question as to why did the Arvind Government purchased around 4800 capsules more than the required number? CM Arvind has admitted this in a statement to ANI, and information accessed through RTI). He said that instead of four capsules, 10 were used to decompose the paddy residue, to mislead the farmers, and the report of the 15-member committee constituted by the Arvind Government points to a major scam, which should be probed by the CBI, added Shri Pawan Khera. 

Shri Pawan Khera disclosed that when an RTI application was filed for seeking details of the expenses incurred for the publicity of giving bio-decomposer to 310 farmers from the Chief Minister’s office, no satisfactory reply was given, though CM Arvind had been a major champion of RTI before coming to power in Delhi through lies and falsehood. He said that when the village-wise benefit of this scheme was demanded through RTI, it was not given either, which clearly indicates that large scale corruption had taken place in the distribution and use of the bio-decomposer, which the Arvind Government is chary of disclosing.

Shri Pawan Kehra said that CM Arvind had announced with much fanfare that a Kisan Mitra Yojna will be brought in for the welfare of the farmers, but he has not only failed to bring in this scheme but betrayed the farmers by notifying one of the three black agricultural laws—the Farmers’ Produce and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020 on November 23 at a special session of the Delhi Assembly—and is “examining” the other two controversial laws, passed by the Modi Government. He said that the same Arvind is now singing hosannas of the farmers after stabbing them in the back.

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