The Centre has issued an ordinance, making pollution an offence with a jail time period, which might go up to 5 years and a penalty up to Rs 1 crore. The ordinance was issued on Wednesday night time after the approval of the President.
Earlier, this week Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, through the listening to of a PIL searching for a ban on stubble burning, had knowledgeable the Supreme Court that the Centre will enact a law to fight the menace of air pollution in Delhi-NCR, and urged the courtroom to preserve its order of a one-man panel of former apex courtroom decide Justice Madan B. Lokur in abeyance to monitor steps to include stubble burning. The prime courtroom is scheduled to hear this PIL later in the day.
According to the ordinance, a Commission for Air Quality Management might be arrange for the National Capital Region (NCR) and adjoining areas in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. “Any non-compliance of this Ordinance, rules made there under or any other order or direction issued by the Commission shall be an offence punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend up to five years or with fine which may extend up to one crore rupees or with both”, mentioned the ordinance.
The chairman of the Commission might be chosen by a committee headed by minister for setting and forest and it’ll additionally comprise ministers for transport and commerce, science and know-how in addition to Cabinet secretary, as members.
The 18-member Commission might be headed by a full-time chairperson who has been a secretary to the federal government of India or Chief Secretary of a state. Out of the 18 members, 10 might be bureaucrats whereas others are specialists and activists.
The Commission will look into problems with stubble burning, vehicular pollution, mud pollution and all different elements, which contribute in the direction of the deteriorating the standard of air in Delhi-NCR.
One of the essential side of the fee is that Centre has proposed to exchange the Supreme Court-appointed EPCA and all different our bodies with it, which is able to make this Commission an unique authority on air high quality administration for Delhi-NCR, and it submit annual reviews to Parliament.
The fee might be a central physique for all functions. Orders of the Commission may be challenged solely earlier than National Green Tribunal and never in any civil courtroom.