New Delhi: The Environment Committee of Delhi Legislative Assembly met the Air Quality Commission (AQC) constituted by the Central Government on the issue of rising pollution in Delhi due to stubble burning in the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana.
Atishi, Chairperson of the Environment Committee, said that the committee met the commission and demanded the accountability of the Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana for burning stubble and also demanded action against them by filing a case.
Also, the commission has been requested to issue orders to the governments of Punjab and Haryana to resolve the straw with bio decomposer technology.
In a statement issued after the meeting with the Air Quality Commission, Atishi, the MLA of the Aam Aadmi Party and chairperson of the Delhi Legislative Environment Committee, said that we came here for this meeting because every year in Delhi, during the months of October and November It gets really difficult to breathe.
Asthma patients, elderly people, children are the ones most affected. She said that together with the Air Quality Commission, we demanded two things from them. First, they asked to order the Air Quality Commission of Haryana and Punjab governments to use the technique devised by the Pusa Institute of Delhi to decompose the straw. Every year the farmers of Haryana and Punjab are forced to burn the straw which eventually causes a lot of pollution.
Secondly, they said that the technology was not enough. The Punjab and Haryana governments should be given strict orders to stop this process of burning stubble and if they fail to do so, strong action should be taken against them.
Atishi said that since the Air Quality Commission has the power to register an FIR against any person for causing pollution and they can even send them to jail for 5 years. We have requested the commission to seek answers from the Chief Ministers of Punjab and Haryana in this regard and take the strongest possible action against them if found guilty.
He said that the Air Quality Commission has assured us that they will take important steps in this regard at the earliest. They also informed that the commission has organized a meeting with Pusa Institute. The commission will decide on the further process after the meeting. We are also keeping an eye on this whole process. We sincerely hope that the Air Quality Commission will take action on this matter as soon as possible.