New Delhi | Jagran News Desk:  The Supreme Court on Wednesday grilled the state governments of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh over the unabated stubble burning by the farmers of the states leading to an increase in pollution levels in the neighbouring Delhi. The air quality in Delhi has been deteriorated during the month of October when the farmers used to burn the stubble.

The top court while hearing the plea of pollution control body Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) said, “Stubble burning has to be controlled and inability to do that will take the country back by 100 years”.

The two-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra began hearing the air pollution case in presence of Chief Secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana. The bench further said, “Nobody will be spared if found violating rules and regulations”.

Justice Mishra observed that everyone knew that this (stubble burning) would happen this year also. Why was the govt not ready in advance and why were the machines not provided? It seems no steps were taken throughout the year”, he said.

Supreme Court slams the Punjab Government for not tackling the stubble burning issue. Court tells Punjab Government, "You have miserably failed in your duty. Justice Mishra says, please ensure that no stubble burning takes place. We want immediate action to deal with stubble burning. It seems that there is no coordination among the officers and the state government to deal with this situation”.

The top court also accuses the government of failing to provide a road map and leaving it all to officers. The court said, “Time has come to punish officers "Is this way? We will suspend from here. Why are you the Chief Secretary of Punjab? It is your failure".

"People are dying. 1800 is the level of pollution. Flights are diverted. You are proud of your achievement," said the two-judge bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta, while hearing the plea of pollution control body Environment Pollution Control Authority or EPCA.

"You want poor farmers to be punished. This is the way Punjab, Haryana, and UP acting. You are responsible and the entire Punjab, Haryana, UP, and Delhi are responsible for this. Nobody bothered about the poor citizens of the country... We are going to haul up entire machinery," Justice Mishra said.

"Farmers say it will affect the livelihood and they have no other way," he said adding “If Haryana can control it why not Punjab? Nobody tried organic means". 

Justice Mishra asked the Punjab Chief Secretary, "Do you have funds? If you don't, then please tell us, we will provide you funds for dealing with the issue of stubble burning."

Posted By: Talib Khan