The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed displeasure over the Punjab government’s failure to curb stubble burning, a major source of air pollution. The court directed the state government to take strict action against farmers who continue to burn stubble and asked it to learn from Haryana, which has seen a significant reduction in stubble burning this year.
Court Upset Over Stubble Burning in Punjab
The Supreme Court was hearing a petition filed by the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) seeking directions to the Punjab government to effectively implement measures to prevent stubble burning. The court was informed that despite the court’s orders, stubble burning in Punjab is still rampant.
Court Directs Punjab to Learn from Haryana
The Supreme Court directed the Punjab government to take strict action against farmers who continue to burn stubble. The court also asked the state government to learn from Haryana, which has seen a significant reduction in stubble burning this year.
Haryana’s Success in Curbing Stubble Burning
Haryana has implemented several measures to curb stubble burning, including providing incentives to farmers who adopt alternative stubble management practices, such as composting and baling. The state government has also launched awareness campaigns to educate farmers about the harmful effects of stubble burning.
Punjab Needs to Follow Haryana’s Example
The Supreme Court has made it clear that the Punjab government needs to follow Haryana’s example and take strict action to curb stubble burning. The court has also warned that the state government will face contempt proceedings if it fails to comply with its orders.
Stubble Burning: A Major Source of Air Pollution
Stubble burning is a major source of air pollution in north India, particularly in the states of Punjab and Haryana. The practice of burning stubble after harvesting wheat releases harmful pollutants into the air, which can cause respiratory problems and other health problems.