A continuous increase in incidents of stubble burning is being recorded in Punjab (file photo)
A hearing was held on Wednesday in the National Green Tribunal (NGT) regarding the matter of prevention and control of stubble burning in Punjab. NGT strongly reprimanded the Punjab government and said that the Supreme Court is hearing the issue of stubble. Punjab government and other states adjacent to Delhi were instructed to ban stubble burning. All concerned authorities will have to take action on the order issued by the Supreme Court.
NGT reprimanded the Punjab government and said that it seems that you are happy with the steps taken by you. Do you have the numbers of the farmers so that you can take action against the owners? As soon as satellite images show that stubble is being burnt, do you immediately warn the farmers that action will be taken against them? We are not satisfied with any response from the Punjab government. Your entire system has completely failed, that is why the Supreme Court has given such a strict decision. Punjab said that nodal officers and cluster officers have been appointed, who take action on stubble burning.
NGT said that it cannot be denied that the exact location of stubble burning has been given in the ISRO satellite image. Now the next hearing of the case in NGT will be on 20th November. Earlier, the Air Quality Management Committee said that we do continuous monitoring, to which the NGT said that you never investigated any government authority. 5 days have passed, but there has been no improvement. Generators were banned, what steps were taken to ensure that there were no power cuts. Are your teeth for eating or for showing, we can’t even see them for chewing.
NGT concerned about incidents of stubble burning
NGT said, if our order was not implemented, would we have complained to the Supreme Court that our order is not being followed, your job is to get our order complied with. Cut down a big tree, plant 100 small trees, what will happen by planting trees, it will never be able to provide as much fresh air as a big tree.
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NGT asked what action did you take on the Supreme Court’s decision to stop stubble burning, are you following its order, whether the order was implemented or not. Punjab government said that many steps have been taken, instructions have been given to the officials. NGT said that the Supreme Court has not given any order to appoint or give instructions to the officers. Have been taking steps for a long time. The Supreme Court passed the order on Tuesday. Tell us what is the situation today. We are concerned about the incident of stubble burning, we have satellite images. The entire area remains in the red zone. This situation is after yesterday’s order of the Supreme Court.
We are breathing, so every minute is very precious
NGT said that Punjab is not doing anything even after the order of the Supreme Court. Every minute is very precious, because every moment we are breathing. If you are determined then you will stop this. At the same time, the Punjab government has asked for time till Thursday. NGT said will the situation be better tomorrow than today? NGT said that we have satellite images of ISRO
NGT told the Punjab government that this is the problem with you, you do not know anything. How will you take action unless you know the owner of the land? Punjab Secretary said that the government has issued guidelines. Instructions have been issued to SHO. Teams have been landed on the ground. Since yesterday, 13 FIRs have been registered for burning stubble.
Punjab government’s statements have no meaning – NGT
NGT said that you have registered only 13 FIRs. You are looking at the satellite picture, what is the situation, stubble is being burnt at more than a thousand places. These statements make no sense. These statements are made again and again, nothing can be done unless there are facts and figures. The Punjab government said that the hearing is to be held in the Supreme Court on November 10, after which the NGT should hear it.
NGT told the lawyer of Punjab that this is a very serious issue, on every question of ours you are saying that you will ask the Secretary and tell under which section the FIR is being registered in the case. NGT asked whether any other solution was provided by you to stop the farmers from burning stubble? Punjab Secretary said that machines have been provided to the farmers at subsidized rates.
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