The Indian Supreme Court has directed chief secretaries of Punjab and Haryana to formulate a plan of buying crop stubble from farmers within seven days to prevent further air pollution in Delhi-NCR. Stubble burning has majorly contributed to the rise of air pollution in the region that reached from severe to hazardous.
The court came down heavily on chief secretaries on Punjab and Haryana who have delayed that process of distributing machines to destroy residue of crops and sensitizing farmers about the contribution of stubble burning in air pollution.
A special bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra pulled up the Punjab Chief Secretary for passing the buck to the central government on the issue of stubble burning. The Bench has been quoted as asking the chief secretary why he is holding the post of chief secretary if he is not doing anything.
The court said that he would be suspended there and then and he would not be able to work even for a day. The court said that a state should not be dependent on central government for everything.
The court also rapped Haryana Chief Secretary for delaying for process of controlling stubble burning and sensitizing farmers on the issue. The court said that Punjab began sensitization of farmers on stubble in January 2019 and Haryana is doing it now. The court said that Haryana is worst than Punjab.