SC Stubble Burning Case: Hearing is going on in the case of dangerous air pollution in Delhi. The bench hearing this case has made very sharp remarks on the Central Government and Punjab Government. The bench said, only one match stick is needed to burn the stubble, whereas labor, diesel and machines are required for its proper disposal. Can these machines be given to the farmers for free?
The court slammed the Punjab government for stopping stubble burning. The court said, ‘The problem is that farmers are being made villains, but they are not in front of us. We can’t ask them why you are doing this. The state government is also not able to give a satisfactory answer. Justice Kaul said, ‘The Central Government provides assistance for the machines, but why would the Central Government do the work of making it completely free for just one state?
What did the court ask the lawyers of Punjab government?
The Supreme Court asked the Punjab government what happened to the farm fire? The lawyer replied that we have taken steps. Our suggestion is that the Center and all the states should work together in a timely manner so that this situation does not arise in the next season.
On this the bench said, we cannot wait till the next season. We will monitor this matter. If some farmers are burning stubble without caring for the people, then why is the government not taking strict action? You should not buy grains from those farmers who burn stubble. Why should those who break the law get benefits?
Supreme Court praised Bihar
Hearing the issue of stubble disposal, the Supreme Court praised Bihar. The judge said, in Bihar, if people harvest crops by hand, then there is no problem of stubble. In Punjab too, many small farmers are selling crop residue instead of burning it. There is a need to encourage big farmers. They will also get benefit. The state government should provide the necessary machines.
Farmers are being made villains
The court further said, out of all the cases of stubble burning in Punjab, fine has been imposed only on 20% of them. That too has not been recovered. We should be given a report on recovery by the next hearing. The court further said that there is also a problem that farmers are being made villains, but they are not in front of us. We can’t ask them why you are doing this. The state government is also not able to give a satisfactory answer.
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