The Supreme Court has set up a new commission on increasing air pollution in Delhi NCR. The Supreme Court on Friday set up a one-member commission headed by former Supreme Court Judge Justice Madan B. Lokur to prevent and monitor stubble burning incidents in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
The Supreme Court said that the Chief Secretaries of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh will cooperate with them. The court ordered that the state concerned would provide them the necessary staff and transport to help with the work. The committee already working in the states will also report to the committee of Justice Lokur. The new committee will submit its report to the Supreme Court every 15 days.
Explain that every year before winter, burning of straw in the fields by farmers of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh increases the problem of air pollution in Delhi including these states. The level of pollution increases so much that people’s breathing becomes even harder. At a time when the corona epidemic is widespread, there may be more danger from pollution. Therefore, this time the Supreme Court itself has intervened in this case.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde ordered that all officials of the Delhi and Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority report to the Justice Lokur Committee. The Supreme Court said that National Cadet Corps (NCC), Bharat Scouts and Guides and National Service Scheme (NSS) were also deployed in those areas to help the Lokur Committee to monitor incidents of stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Go These mobile teams will give notice of fire in the fields, on the basis of which officers will take action.
The Supreme Court order came on a public interest litigation filed by two young environmentalists, demanding that immediate steps be taken to prevent burning of stubble. The petitioners claimed that despite the court’s monitoring, the states are not taking adequate action to curb this menace. The advocates on behalf of the petitioners said that the farm fires (incidents of stubble burning) had increased five-fold this year and an urgent order would be needed to stop it, as the problem could create an unbearable situation until the court reopens is. The lawyer suggested appointing Justice Lokur for this.