The Supreme Court has strongly reprimanded the Punjab government on the issue of air pollution in Delhi. The Supreme Court said that the Punjab government cannot control the incidents of stubble burning in the fields. In such a situation, why doesn’t the Punjab government learn from the neighboring Haryana government? The Supreme Court said that farmers should not be made villains.
The Supreme Court clearly said that farmers must have some reason for burning stubble. On the one hand, only one match is needed to burn the stubble, while on the other hand, it costs a lot to dispose of it.
In this case, the Supreme Court has fixed December 5 as the next date of hearing. During this, the Supreme Court directed the Delhi and Uttar Pradesh governments to file reports on incidents of open burning of garbage.
Praise for Haryana, rebuke to Punjab and Delhi governments
According to media reports, the Supreme Court on Tuesday praised the Haryana government, which has taken several steps to stop farmers from burning stubble. The court also advised the Kejriwal government of Punjab and Delhi to learn from Haryana and asked them not to make farmers villains. The Supreme Court said that the Haryana government has taken many positive steps to stop farmers from burning stubble. The government has launched an awareness campaign among farmers against stubble burning, has also given them financial incentives for this and has taken strict action against those who burn stubble.
The Supreme Court said that Punjab and Delhi governments should also learn from Haryana and should not make farmers villains. The court said that farmers are being forced to burn stubble. Governments should encourage farmers to use stubble as fertilizer.
The Supreme Court asked why Punjab could not finance diesel, manpower etc. and use the by-products. The Supreme Court said that stubble burning is a major cause of air pollution in Delhi-NCR. Governments must work together to solve this problem.
The court said that pollution caused by stubble burning is also having a serious impact on people’s health. Governments should take this problem seriously and take concrete steps for this. While hearing this case, the Supreme Court has remarked that the report of the Punjab Government states that SHOs of local police stations organized 8481 meetings with farmers. Farmers were asked not to burn stubble, yet incidents of stubble burning are still happening.
Not only this, 984 FIRs have been registered against farmers for burning stubble in Punjab. Along with this, environmental compensation of more than Rs 2 crore has been imposed, out of which Rs 18 lakh has been recovered. Still why is it not stopping? The Supreme Court said in oral remarks that farmers are being made villains and their views are not being heard in the court.
Haryana CM said – Punjab should find solution to the problem instead of doing politics
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s statement has also come after the Supreme Court praised Haryana. CM Manohar Lal Khattar said that like us, Punjab should also take necessary measures on this issue. In Haryana, we are providing all kinds of help to the farmers so that they do not burn stubble and farmers have also stopped burning stubble. Khattar said that I thank the farmers of Haryana that they stopped this. This issue is not about politics, the Chief Minister of Delhi should also understand this. Instead of making political statements, they should work together to solve this problem.