#AirPollution: As Delhi’s air quality takes a plunge, govt to distribute 50 lakh masks to schoolchildren

Soon after reports of Delhi air quality turned ‘very poor’, in parts of the city it has now dropped to the ‘severe’ category. Following a spike in the pollution level, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had announced on Wednesday that the Delhi government will start distributing masks among school students from Friday, November 01

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The air quality in Delhi is getting worse day-by-day. And, reports suggest, that it is likely to take a plunge to dangerous levels over the next few days. Considering this, Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has decided to distribute 50 lakh masks among school children. The masks will be distributed in each and every school from Friday, November 01.

Air pollution is among the leading causes of death in children, according to World Health Organisation (WHO), as kids breathe faster than adults, making them more susceptible.

While speaking to media in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “The government is procuring 50 lakh masks and delivery of the same has already started. The masks will be distributed to every household in Delhi through private and government school students. Every student will be given a packet of two masks each. The masks belong to N95 category and are of good quality.”

According to health experts, winds blowing in due to farm fire smoke from Haryana and Punjab are the main cause of air pollution. And, owing to which air quality in Delhi will remain severe in the days to come.

“The government is trying our best to stop everything that causes pollution in the state. We are cooperating with all the agencies to bring down pollution collectively. The pollution in Delhi was at a moderate level since the last 7-8 months. The air quality has started deteriorating from October 15, and that is due to stubble burning. We all must come together to pressurise the central and other state governments to take action on stubble burning,” said Kejriwal.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to the BJP and Congress to put pressure on the Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab governments respectively to pursue efforts to stop stubble burning.