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Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Supreme Court tells Punjab, Haryana to list steps taken to curb stubble burning

Satya Prakash

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 10

The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday asked Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh to spell out steps taken to stop stubble burning. The practice virtually turns the entire NCR into a gas chamber during October-November.

A Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra asked the Punjab Chief Secretary, who attended the hearing through video-conferencing, about the steps taken to provide machines and equipment to small and marginal farmers, so as to dissuade them from burning stubble.

The Punjab Chief Secretary told the Bench that subsidy was being provided to small and marginal farmers, but the state was facing financial constraints due to the pandemic.

The court asked the Centre about the subsidy being given and the implementation of its orders in the case. It asked all stakeholders to give a detailed report on the issue of stubble burning.

Maintaining that policies needed to be put in place to prevent stubble burning, the SC sought to know if panchayats had been roped in for spreading awareness about government projects aimed at stopping stubble burning.

It asked all parties to file affidavits detailing the steps taken to deal with pollution hotspots in the region. The Punjab Government was also asked to apprise the court of the steps taken to deal with industries found non-compliant with pollution norms.

"What steps have been taken? We want affidavit on all issues...not just stubble burning... We want involvement of the Centre on formulation of rules/laws to prevent and confiscate vehicles running on kerosene," said the SC.

The top court, which is seized of a PIL on air pollution in the NCR, directed the Delhi Chief Secretary to file an affidavit on the present status of 13 pollution hotspots in the national capital and steps taken to control air pollution.



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