Supreme Court Appoints Retired Judge To Monitor Stubble Burning In Punjab, Haryana

The petitioner had demanded that the former judge of the Supreme Court should be appointed to head the monitoring committee.


New Delhi| Every year, before winter, efforts are made to solve the problem of increased air pollution in the capital of Delhi due to stubble burning in by farmers of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. This time the Supreme Court itself has interfered in this case. The top court has constituted a monitoring team to monitor the burning of stubble in view of rising pollution level in Delhi. Retired Justice Madan B. Lokur will be heading this committee. The Chief Secretary of these three states will support Justice Lokur. People of NCC / NSS and Bharat Scouts / Guides will also cooperate in this. This committee will conduct a physical survey.

The Supreme Court directed the respective state governments to provide proper facilities to this committee. The secretariat will provide security and financial facilities. The committee will submit its report to the Supreme Court in 15 days. The next hearing, in this case, will be held on 26th October.

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After the hearing was over, the Solicitor General objected to the appointment of Justice Lokur and said, ‘We have some objections, we will file the application.” The Solicitor General demanded that they be heard before issuing orders. However, the court turned down the solicitor’s demand.

The petitioner had demanded that the former judge of the Supreme Court should be appointed to head the monitoring committee. However, the central government said that the EPCA has been entrusted with the responsibility in this matter and that Amicus Curiae is already appointed. The petitioner said that at present, arrangements should be made to stop stubble burning activity in western UP. At the same time, the Punjab government said that it is not the reason for pollution in Delhi. Punjab said that it is fully following every instruction of the court.

However, the petitioner raised questions on the app made by the Punjab government to stop stubble burning and said that burning of stubble cannot be banned through the app. Field monitoring is necessary. The Supreme Court agreed to this. The court asked the lawyers of Haryana and Punjab government, “Do they have a sufficient number of NCC cadets who can spread awareness about the problem and appeal not to burn the stubble by visiting the farmers?” The court said that the people of Delhi NCR get clean air and stubble should not be a hindrance in it.


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