Tribune News Service
New Delhi, October 16
The Supreme Court on Friday appointed Justice Madan B Lokur (retd) as a one-man committee to monitor the measures taken by the states of Punjab, Haryana, UP and Delhi to prevent farmers from resorting to stubble burning that turns the entire NCR into a virtual gas chamber during October-November.
- Committee will visit affected states and submit fortnightly reports to the SC
- Chief secys and Environment Pollution Prevention & Control Authority will assist in physical surveillance of fields
Residue in 2019
- 20 mn tonne paddy residue in Punjab
- 9.8 mn tonne burnt by farmers
- 7 mn tonne paddy residue in haryana
- 1.23 mn tonne burnt by farmers
Govt has reservations
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told SC the govt had reservations about the Justice Lokur panel. The EPCA is already doing the job, he said.
Want NCR to breathe easy
This order is not an indictment of any agency… we are only concerned that people in Delhi-NCR must be able to breathe clean and fresh air. – SA Bobde, CJI
“It is necessary that there must be some monitoring of stubble burning with a view to its prevention before it assumes abnormal proportions,” a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said.
It directed chief secretaries of Punjab, Haryana, UP and Delhi and the Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA) to assist the committee in physical surveillance of fields where stubble was likely to be burnt and to devise additional methods for preventing it.
The order came on a plea filed by two students Aditya Dubey and Aman Banka.