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SC appoints ex-judge of apex court as one-man panel to monitor steps to prevent stubble-burning

Satya Prakash

Press Reporter News Service

New Delhi, October 16

As stubble-burning continues regardless of its order banning it, the Supreme Courtroom on Friday appointed former high court docket decide Madan B Lokur to behave as a one-man monitoring committee to recommend measures to cease the farm apply that turns total NCR right into a digital gasoline chamber in October-November.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde requested chief secretaries of Punjab, Haryana, UP and Delhi and EPCA to help the committee in discharging its capabilities in direction of taking preventive measures.

“This order isn’t an indictment of any company…We’re solely involved that individuals in Delhi-NCR should be capable of breathe clear and recent air…Whereas the court docket is shut (for Dusehra) we do not need something to occur throughout these 9 days,” the CJI stated.

The committee is required to go to the affected states and submit periodic reviews to the highest court docket on measures wanted to cease stubble-burning

The Bench requested heads of Nationwide Cadet Corps, Nationwide Service Scheme (NSS) and Bharat Scouts and Guides to offer younger drive to the panel for finding stubble-burning and bringing it to note of authorities involved.

The order got here on a recent petition filed by two college students – Aditya Dubey and Aman Banka – who steered that Justice Lokur could possibly be assigned the duty.

Solicitor Common Tushar Mehta instructed the Bench that the federal government had reservations about appointment of the Justice Lokur committee for monitoring stubble-burning and that the EPCA was doing the job.

However the Bench clarified that it had not given any extraordinary jurisdiction to the panel and the decide’s consent had already been taken.

The highest court docket is already seized of a PIL on air air pollution within the NCR. It has been asking states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi and the Centre to take measures to make sure farmers do not take pleasure in stubble-burning that converts the complete Delhi-NCR right into a digital gasoline chamber in October-November.

Regardless of a ban on stubble-burning in Punjab and Haryana, farmers proceed to take action due to lack of monetary incentives to change over to environment-friendly farm waste administration practices.

Final 12 months, Punjab produced round 20 million tonne paddy residue of which farmers burnt 9.eight million tonne whereas the figures in Haryana stood at 7 million tonne and 1.23 million tonne, respectively.

On October 6, the highest court docket had agreed to look at a suggestion {that a} portion of Minimal Help Worth (MSP) must be withheld from farmers and launched later solely after a verification that they did not burn the stubble.


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