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Full statehood rights cannot be given to Delhi unless there is consensus: Arun Jaitley

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The Central Government yesterday mentioned that full statehood rights cannot be given to Delhi Government unless there is a general consensus in the country on the issue as it is the national capital.

“Whenever there will be a general consensus in the country on giving full statehood status to the national capital, it is possible. But till that is not done, full statehood rights cannot be given to the state government,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.

He mentioned that the controversy over exercise of power between the centre and the state government would lead to “offices being shut down.” The Home Ministry issued a notification to avoid this commotion.

“If there is confusion, then offices will be locked. And to ensure offices are not shut, it is the Centre’s responsibility to clarify and Home Ministry has fulfilled that responsibility by issuing a classificatory notification to make it clear what rights rest with the Centre and what with the elected government,” he said.

The controversy over appointment of officers  between the Lt. Governor and the Chief minister have made Delhites to a long demanding wait for good governance from elected government.

“The elected government should strive and the public is waiting for 100 days that within the domain of those rights, it initiates steps to provide governance in Delhi,” he said.

The Minister said that according to the constitution, Delhi is a union territory and the union territories are under the centre. Delhi and Puducherry have been given some special status as they have elected governments.

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Delhi’s Air Quality Still Remains ‘Very Poor’

The pollution causing score of PM 2.5 was at 114 in the poor category while PM 10 was at 208 in the moderate category

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It cited the low wind speed and westerly wind direction as being unfavourable for air quality. Pixabay

For those living in and around Delhi, the coming days spell bad news as air quality entered the higher end of the poor category on Monday, with a worsening AQI score of 280, and is slated to enter the “very poor” threshold on Tuesday.

Yes, you heard it right, the blue skies that have been a complete treat for the Delhi-NCR over the last two months, off and on, are set to get grey.

The forecast of the “very poor” air quality is predicted mainly due to changing local weather conditions.

According to pollution watch by Safar (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research) India, developed by Ministry of Earth Science and Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune the overall air quality of Delhi is in the higher end of the poor category.

“Further deterioration of the AQI is expected by October 15 to very poor category,” it said.

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A man walks in front of the India Gate shrouded in smog in New Delhi, India. VOA

The stubble burning activity in Haryana, Panjab, and nearby border regions are moderate but increasing. Safar said it is not necessarily affecting Delhi air if distance weather conditions establishing transport pathways are not favourable.

In the present scenario, although the magnitude of biomass-related transport is not very high but upper winds are flowing from North-North West towards Delhi with good speed and hence favourable enough to influence Delhi AQI with a share of more than 8 per cent by tomorrow (Tuesday) as per SAFAR forecasting model.

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After the monsoon withdrawal, the surface wind speed in Delhi continues to be slow and variable with predominant direction from the Northwest.

The pollution causing score of PM 2.5 was at 114 in the poor category while PM 10 was at 208 in the moderate category. (IANS)