'Stubble Burning Leads to Tuberculosis,' Says IMA President Ravi Wankhedkar
IMA President Ravi Wankhedkar (Credits: Twitter)

New Delhi, October 13: While the air quality in the national capital is worsening due to stubble burning, Ravi Wankhedkar, President of Indian Medical Association (IMA) said that stubble burning leads to respiratory diseases like Tuberculosis and people must stay indoors and those who go out must wear N-95 masks. Punjab: Farmers Protest Against Ban on Stubble Burning, Say 'Have No Option But to Set Crop Residue on Fire'.

This comment from Wankhedkar comes after when the National Capital Region Delhi is facing worst air quality. The stubble burning in neighbouring states like Haryana and Punjab, where agriculture is the major livelihood of people, is leading to air pollution and health deterioration.

Earlier the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had also imposed a fine on stubble burning but it still continued to be the same. The farmers have protested that they don't have any alternative than burning the agricultural waste.

According to the studies, it is alleged that open burning of stubble leads to harmful smoke that also causes pollution. A large number of toxicants are released in the atmosphere, the toxicants include harmful gases like Carbon monoxide, Methane, etc. The ash and smoke in the air can travel up to thousands of kilometres and if someone inhales it can cause respiratory diseases such as a dry cough and tuberculosis.