The Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level meeting Sunday evening through video conferencing with states of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi to tackle the rising levels of air pollution in the city.
It was decided that the Cabinet Secretary will monitor the situation with these states on a daily basis. State Chief Secretaries have also been asked to monitor their districts on a 24×7 basis. The Centre has asked neighboring states to reduce fire incidents and dust levels due to adverse meteorological conditions. During the video-conference, Chief Secretaries of States provided details about the actions being taken by them to improve the situation.
The Principal Secretary to PM had earlier reviewed the situation on October 24. A series of meetings had taken place for necessary preparation including one meeting by the Cabinet Secretary on this subject on October 4.
With air quality deteriorating further in the national capital region, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called on the Centre to take immediate steps to improve the situation and said his government will support it.