Arvind Kejriwal calls Delhi a ‘gas chamber’; distributes masks to school children

As pollution level in Delhi entered the “severe plus” category, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday described the city as a gas chamber while distributing breathing masks to school children.

He distributed masks to schoolchildren as part of the government’s initiative to protect them from pollution and also explained children about stubble-burning.

The Delhi government has purchased 50 lakh N95 masks for distributing among children in private and government schools.

“Delhi has turned into a ‘gas chamber’ due to pollution caused by crop burning in neighbouring states. This is why we are distributing 50lakh masks from today onwards in pvt. and govt. schools. I urge all Delhiites to use them whenever needed,” Kejriwal tweeted.

The chief minister also blamed the state governments of Haryana and Punjab – for forcing farmers to burn stubble that he said had led to the problem in Delhi.

Kejriwal in a tweet said, “Khattar and Captain governments are forcing their farmers to burn stubble, due to which there is heavy pollution in Delhi.”

“Yesterday, people protested at the Punjab and Haryana Bhawan and expressed their anger towards the governments there,” he added.