Punjab responsible for Delhi air pollution: People living in the surrounding states including Delhi-NCR are troubled by the problem of air pollution. It is being alleged that due to stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana, the people of Delhi are also suffocating due to poisonous air. To escape from its responsibility, while the Delhi government has given a clean chit to Punjab and held Haryana and Uttar Pradesh responsible, the UP and Haryana governments have put the Aam Aadmi Party’s Delhi government in the dock. The special thing is that the Supreme Court has also strongly reprimanded Punjab for air pollution. This is the reason why Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai has called a high level meeting regarding the decision of the Supreme Court. Now the question arises whether after this meeting, effective steps will be taken to control air pollution or it will be compensated. Let us know what suggestions have been given during the hearing of the case related to air pollution in the Supreme Court.
Argument for closing MSP on paddy in Punjab
The Supreme Court, while hearing the air pollution case on October 7, had asked Punjab whether there was an option to end the MSP on the paddy crop. The court said that to reduce the production of paddy crop, farmers should be encouraged towards traditional crops including millet. Responding to the court, Punjab Advocate General Gurminder Singh said removing MSP from paddy could be a ‘complete one-day solution’. He said that we need to diversify our crops. Farmers should be given MSP on alternative crops.
He also clarified that the problem of air pollution cannot be solved by arresting farmers who burn stubble. He said that we do not want to hold any other states responsible for pollution but we want to be cooperative in solving this problem. The court also agreed with this argument and said that it is necessary to encourage farmers towards alternative crops by ending paddy cultivation in a phased manner.
AAP said- Central and Haryana government are responsible
The strategy of the Aam Aadmi Party appears to be contrary to the argument of Punjab Advocate General Gurminder Singh. After the hearing in the Supreme Court, AAP spokesperson Malvinder Singh Kang said that the Central and Haryana governments should cooperate and establish a fund to deal with the problem of stubble burning in Punjab. Besides, he also demanded MSP for alternative crops. He alleged that Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann had sent a proposal to the Center and Haryana government to set up a fund to deal with the problem of stubble burning, but the proposal was rejected. He said that if Haryana and Central Government had wanted, people would not have had to face the problem of air pollution.