The Supreme Court on Wednesday raised objections to the blaming of farmers for burning stubble amid the air pollution crisis in the national capital region. The court said that people sitting in five star facilities in Delhi keep accusing the farmers. Referring to the ‘hi-fi vehicles’ and ‘gas guzzlers’ plying on the roads of Delhi, the top court said that in all the affidavits, transport has been described as a source of pollution.
A bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Surya Kant said that no one is concerned about whether farmers will be able to buy machines for stubble management.
The bench said that it has a feeling that no one is concerned about the plight of the farmers, no one is concerned about the circumstances under which the farmers are compelled, due to which they have not been able to follow these scientific reports. .
The top court said, “People sitting in five- and seven-star facilities in Delhi keep making allegations against the farmers, but have you ever seen the income according to their land? How will they be able to buy such a machine? If there is really any other science based alternative then go and explain them.’
Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the Delhi government, submitted that stubble burning causes air pollution, which needs to be rectified. He also referred to the Centre’s data on the issue.
The top court said the fact cannot be ignored that despite the ban, how many crackers have been burnt.
“Every year when Delhi is jammed, this court is compelled to take the initiative. Please tell us the steps taken by the central and state governments,” the bench said. Singhvi said the bench should convene the court in October as it does not have enough time to find a remedy in this month.
The bench said that it is accepted by both the Center and the Delhi government that sources like vehicular emissions form a major part of pollution.
The top court was hearing a petition filed by environmental activist Aditya Dubey and law student Aman Banka, who had sought a direction to provide free stubble removal machines to small and marginal farmers.