Can see plight of farmers, TV debates creating more pollution: Supreme Court

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Can see plight of farmers, TV debates creating more pollution: Supreme Court

Chief Justice of India NV Ramana on Wednesday said there had to be some responsibility and not everything could be done through judicial orders. The CJI made the statement while hearing submissions of the Centre and state/city governments in the Supreme Court regarding the pollution crisis in Delhi and the national capital region.

He asked why firecrackers were burnt for 10 days after Diwali. Hitting out at those putting the blame on farmers for stubble burning that is being said to be a major contribution to the air pollution, the apex court said firecrackers were being burst despite a ban on the same.

The CJI said debates on television channels were creating more pollution than anybody else. It said everybody had their own agenda and statements were taken out of context during such debates.

The court said what it saw was the plight of farmers. “People sitting in Delhi in five/seven-starred hotels criticise how they contribute four, 30 or 40 per cent to pollution. Have you seen their (farmers) earnings per landholding? We ignore the fact that firecrackers are burning despite the ban?" 

The court’s comments came after advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the Delhi government, said the figures on stubble burning would be much higher in November and should be ignored. However, he added that source-based breakup of contribution to pollution was yet to be done.