Today Prime Minister Narendra Modi directed the Union Agriculture Ministry to give priority to farmers of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab in disturbing equipment to prevent stubble burning. The move comes after the Supreme Court criticized the authorities for failing to curb severe air pollution in Delhi and its surrounding areas.

In the market, there are agro-machines available that remove stubble and governments of Haryana and Punjab are offering a subsidy to farmers to purchase the equipment. 

During a meeting of Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation- PRAGATI which is an ICT-based multimedia platform, PM Modi issued these directions, in a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said. 

“On the issue of stubble burning, the Prime Minister directed Agriculture Ministry to give priority to the farmers of the states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Haryana in distribution of equipment to prevent such occurrences,” it stated.

Today the top court said it is a question of life and death of crores of people here but is “very unfortunate” that the authorities are not bothered about poor people and letting them die. 

Today, the PRAGATI meeting reviewed nine projects worth over Rs. 61,000 crores related to 16 states and the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was told about the dashboard based on 49 performance indicators after reviewing the progress of the Aspirational District Programme. 

As per the statement, there have been witnessed tremendous progress in slow-moving indicators like the status of nutrition. It has also mentioned that some districts of Uttar Pradesh have shown impressive growth. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of focusing on education and healthcare of tribal children and considered it an act of national service. He further emphasized the importance to decide on timelines to bring the backward districts up to the national average and to deploy young officers in aspirational districts. 

PM Modi was informed of the progress made by the National Agriculture Market platform, which has helped in better price discovery. The farmers are receiving their e-payments directly into their accounts. 

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