The Supreme Court of India appointed a committee as “Justice Madan B Lokur Committee” for the purpose of suggesting and monitoring the steps to Prevent Stubble Burning in the following states such Punjab, Haryana & Uttar Pradesh.
The Supreme Court has appointed a Single Man Committee i.e., Justice (Retd.) Madan B. Lokur, to monitor and take steps to prevent stubble which is burning in the states of Punjab, Haryana & Uttar Pradesh.
Aditya Dubey, Class XII Student made a plea to appoint a committee to prevent the stubble in above-mentioned states. The bench which consists of justices of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna & V. Ramasubramaniun accepted the Aditya’s Plea to appoint Justice (Retd) Madan B Lokur Committee and also directed Chief secretaries of Punjab, Haryana & UP shall enable Justice Lokur to order to devise additional means and methods for preventing burning or stubble in the states. The purpose of the formation of the committee is to prevent the stubble while the court is shut; citizens should commemorate the holidays in peaceful manner1.
Further students those who have involved themselves in social activities by actively participating in NCC, NSS & Bharat Scouts & guides which motto’s are Serve above oneself should assist their State Government by monitoring the Stubble burning in the agricultural areas. These will be guided under the Justice Madan B Lokur Committee and standby in those areas and called upon when they are needed. Those states should provide all adequate facilities to the Committee for carrying out its job effectively including secretarial assistance and transportation whenever necessary.
The authorities including the EPCA shall report to the Committee about all the information’s which is needed to make citizen’s life in a peaceful manner, since they have received the report that Stubble burning which will pollute atmosphere of NCR inevitably. Therefore, authorities should assist the committee wholehearted in order to prevent the alleviating pollution.
Since the burning level is almost 40-45% of air pollution, Air quality Index level should be ensured properly as stubble burning season (from September till January) has started. Disaster in disguise of blessing, COVID-19 Pandemic has helped in other way to have good quality of Air for past few months.
“The “Right To Breathe” Clean Air is an integral part of the Fundamental ‘Right to Life’ enshrined in Article 212 of the Constitution of India. But this right has been violated by the failure of keeping under control of air pollution levels during its utmost season of NCR and its surrounding states by the Union Government and the State Governments.
The polluting industries and construction activities in NCR should be allowed to operate when the AQI level is less than 150, during its utmost peak period between September 2020 to January 2021, if AQI level increased above 150 then an automatic ban on industrial and construction activities should be implemented until level become less than 150. Ban can be extended to vehicles3 when increase of AQI level above 200 in NCR. So, Aditya Dubey, Class XII Student, Aman Banka, 3rd year law student through their Counsels, Advocate Nikhil Jain and Senior Advocate Vikas Singh made a plea to nominate a one-man commission headed by a Retired Supreme Court Judge, who can be preferably Justice Madan Lokur, to control & supervise the efforts of the Union & NCR State Governments to make sure that AQI levels in NCR do not rise to hazardous levels i.e., above 150 AQI levels in this year.
1 Explained by CJI SA Bobde
2 No person shall be deprived of his life or Personal Liberty except according to procedure established by law
3 the Odd-Even Policy of the Delhi Government