Stubble burning is the practice of intentionally setting fire to the straw stubble that remains after grains, such as rice and wheat, have been harvested. The technique was widespread until the 1990s, when governments increasingly restricted its use. Stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana has been cited as a major cause of air pollution in Delhi since 2002.
National Green Tribunal (NGT) today sought the opinion of the MoEF&CC and other states on the issue of banning firecrackers from November 7 to 30 in a plea alleging that the increase in pollution may deteriorate the COVID-19 pandemic situation in Delhi.
The three-judge bench of the Chief Justice S. A. Bobde and Justices A. S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian is hearing a petition filed by a class 12 student Aditya Dubey, seeking direction to the Punjab and Haryana governments to ban stubble burning.
New Delhi (ILNS): The Supreme Court of India today has kept in abeyance its October 16 order appointing Justice Madan B. Lokur as head of a one-man committee to monitor/prevent stubble burning in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab.
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The stubble burning issue has gone to two courts now: the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court. Today, a petition was filed in the top court seeking directions to authorities to take immediate steps to prevent the stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana.