- A vast number of farmers in Punjab and Haryana have decided to continue their annual ritual of setting fire to paddy straw thus aggravating the Delhi pollution problem.
- This has brought back the issue of smog choking the region despite the Centre doling out more than Rs 1,000 crore to the two states to fight stubble-burning
- 3. No Alternatives: According to farmers, they have no option but use fire to clear their fields. Also the cost of operating the subsidised straw management machines eats into the miniscule profits of medium, small and marginal farmers.