Submit report on your plans to control stubble burning: SC to Centre
The Supreme Court on Monday asked the centre to submit a detailed report on how it plans to control stubble burning in future as it has already brought a new ordinance to deal with air pollution in the Delhi-NCR region and adjoining areas.
The Bench is headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta is appearing for Centre. The bench asked Centre to file a detailed plan as they clearly told the centre government, “Come to us with a concrete plan on stubble burning (for the next year).”
The hearing for the matter is posted for next week.
A student namely Aditya Dubey filed a plea against stubble burning in the court. Senior advocate Vikas Singh is appearing for petitioner Aditya Dubey. He told the apex court that the season of stubble burning is over but the affidavit of the Centre needs to show steps for the next season as well.
Earlier the Central government told the Supreme Court that an ordinance has been brought in to tackle the problem of air pollution in the Delhi-NCR region and adjoining areas. The government also said that it is thinking about creating a permanent body by enacting legislation to deal with annual air pollution issue in Delhi-NCR arising from stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.The centre wanted the Supreme Court to defer the order of appointing former Supreme Court judge Justice Madan B Lokur as one-man commission and the bench accepted it.
This development in the case took place after a student filed a plea in the court. The student, Aditya Dubey referred to a Harvard University study which stated that air pollution may now be an important factor that aggravates a mild COVID-19 infection into an acute one.
The petition also said that stubble burning contributes in almost 40 per cent of air pollution in Delhi. This petition was made inorder to seek directions to ban stubble burning in areas like Punjab and Haryana which causes air pollution and turns Delhi into a gas chamber.