Chandigarh: The Punjab-Haryana High Court has shown strictness about the stubble being burnt by farmers in Punjab and Haryana and has given strict instructions to the state governments to completely stop burning the stubble. The Chief Justice of the High Court commented that when farmers are subsidized on everything, then why are they not cooperating. He said that why farmers every time want the governments to pay attention to them like special guests. The court has asked the central government that farmers should not burn stubble, what schemes have they brought. The High Court has given 4 weeks to the Central Government to file its reply.
The air is getting polluted due to burning of straw. This is the reason why the bench of High Court Chief Justice Ravi Shankar Jha and Justice Rajiv Sharma has also taken a clear view that the burning of stubble should be completely banned. He said that the government can also take criminal action on those who burn stubble. That is, no restriction has been imposed on them for registering an FIR. However, the court has still continued to impose penalty on farmers in the name of environment compensation. The Chief Justice commented that even though farmers are given subsidy on electricity, water and everything, they are burning straw. They have to understand their responsibility.
He said that paddy crop is not only in Punjab, it also grows in the south. But, starch is not burnt in this way. He said, though people of Punjab spend lakhs of rupees to go abroad for studies and jobs. But, farmers in South do not burn Parali and cannot spend it to study this subject. However, advocate Charanpal Singh Bagdi, who appeared in the court on behalf of the farmers, said that there is a lot of debt on farmers in Punjab and they are committing suicide. Commenting on this, the Chief Justice said that such industrialists owe crores of rupees. But, suicide is not a solution.
Charanpal Bagdi, a lawyer appearing in the court on behalf of the farmers, while talking to Zee Media said that the High Court has made the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change a party in this case and asked them that the Central Government should not burn the stubble Which plans have been prepared and which schemes have been brought. For this, the court has given the central government 4 weeks to file its reply. However, the Central Government's lawyer Satyapal Jain told the court that last year, Rs 500 crore was given to all the regions including Punjab, Haryana, UP, Delhi. This time, they will file an affidavit about what steps the central government has taken.
During the hearing of the case, the court has also directed the Haryana government to file an answer. At present, the hearing of the case has been postponed to 25 November.