The National Human Rights Commission on Saturday said that farmers are burning crop stubble “under compulsion”, and that they are doing so due to the failure of state governments.
The commission has taken suo motu cognisance of air pollution in Delhi and the National Capital Region. On November 10, the chief secretaries of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh gave their responses to the matter.
“The State Governments have to provide harvest machines to get rid of those stubbles but they have failed to provide an adequate number of requisite machines and other measures; as a result, farmers are forced to burn the stubbles, causing pollution,” the commission said in a press release.
The panel asserted that none of the states could blame farmers for carrying out stubble burning. “…Instead, it is due to the failure of all four State Governments that the stubble burning is happening in the States of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, and U.P causing enormous pollutants in the air,” it said.
NHRC hears Chief Secretaries of Delhi, Haryana, Punjab & U.P: Holds States responsible not the farmers for continued stubble burning; gives 4 days for specific reports to check air pollution in Delhi-NCR; next hearing in their presence on 18/11/2022.
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