The government has released Rs 2,200 crore as the first installment to 15 states for undertaking measures towards the improvement of air quality.
“The government, based on the recommendations of the 15th Finance Commission, has released Rs 2,200 crore as the first installment to 15 states for the improvement of air quality measures in their million-plus cities,” the office of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tweeted.
This will help the beneficiary states to undertake air quality measures, including capacity-building of the local bodies within their million-plus cities/agglomerations, it added.
The local bodies in the list shall entrust one urban local body as a nodal entity to receive the grants. This nodal entity shall also have the responsibility of achieving the performance indicators for the entire urban agglomeration, the ministry’s statement said.
pollution levels in Delhi dipped on Monday with high wind speed aiding dispersion of pollutants, even as farm fires continued to rage in neighbouring states.
Delhi recorded a 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) of 293, which falls in the ‘poor’ category.
The 15th Finance Commission will submit its report for fiscal years 2021-22 to 2025-26 to President Ram Nath Kovind on November 9, an official statement said.
The commission under Chairman N K Singh on 30 October, concluded its deliberations on the report. The report was signed by Singh and members of the commission — Ajay Narayan Jha, Anoop Singh, Ashok Lahiri and Ramesh Chand.
The commission will also present a copy of the report to Prime Minister Narendra Modi later this month.