The Prime Minister's Office on Monday asked Haryana and Punjab to provide details of additional measures taken by them to check fresh cases of fire and stubble burning during the last 24 hours.
This review by the PMO comes on the day when the Supreme Court has pulled up the authorities, both the centre and the states for not doing enough to improve the deteriorating air quality. The top court slammed the Delhi government and those of the neighbouring states and held them accountable for being concerned only about "electioneering" and have not been "showing responsibility".
P K Mishra, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, sought these details when he reviewed the measures taken by Punjab, Haryana and Delhi to tackle air pollution.
He had held a similar meeting on Sunday.
The Punjab Chief Secretary said that he is personally monitoring the situation with deputy commissioners of various districts where hotspots have been identified.
He said FIRs are also being registered for violation of The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 and the state government is taking strict action by enforcing necessary fines for incidents of violation of the Act, a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office said.
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