‘It has become fashion to bash farmers”: Supreme Court lashes out at government for alarming rise in air pollution in Delhi

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The Supreme Court on Saturday lashed out at the government after a Delhi government’s lawyer blamed the stubble burning by farmers in Punjab and Haryana for the alarming rise in air pollution in the national capital.

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Justice Surya Kant, according to the Bar and Bench website, said, “Now it has become a fashion to bash the farmers whether its Delhi govt or someone else.” He added, “There was ban on firecrackers, what happened with that? Its an emergency situation. Is there any prohibition on vehicles or emission control?”

Delhi government lawyer Rahul Mehra had said that the stubble burning by farmers in neighbouring states had contributing to the worsening of the air quality in Delhi.

Chief Justice of India, NV Ramana, according to NDTV, said, “Why are you projecting like pollution is because of farmers? It is only a certain percentage of pollution. What about the rest? What are you doing to control the pollution in Delhi? We have nothing to do with the government ….state or centre. You tell us what is your proper plan…not about 2-3 days.”

Terming the air pollution ‘very serious’, CJI Ramana said that he was being forced to wear face masks even inside his house.

Justice DY Chandrachud, who was also part of the Bench, highlighted the impact on the health of school chidren. “You opened all schools two weeks back but all these kids are exposing their lungs to this hazardous air. You gave us AQI level of over 500 yourself,” Justice Chandrachud was quoted as saying.

The Delhi government under Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has faced widespread condemnation for not doing enough to check the deteriorating air pollution poses serious risks to the health of people living in Delhi and its neighbouring parts. Kejriwal and his party have believed in the policy of blaming others for any problems arising from the failure in governance.