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New Delhi: As days near for stubble burning ahead of the Rabi crop sowing season, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday reiterated his demand for fiscal aid by the Centre to farmers for defraying the cost on management of paddy straw. “Though state govt is launching an aggressive media campaign to educate farmers and people in general, giving the linkage with Covid, it was imperative for Govt of India to step in with Rs 100/quintal compensation state has been seeking for farmers to manage paddy straw,” read a statement issued by the Punjab CMO. Notably, experts have suggested a possible aggravation of the coronavirus condition with stubble burning. The chief minister urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the PM-CM review meeting earlier today and asked him to ensure adequate supplies of medical oxygen from other states amid apprehension of its shortage with rising