Refuse MSP to thatch burners: NGT

Indicating that state governments had failed to fight stubble, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) convened Monday the chief secretaries of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. The officers were tasked with developing a plan to provide economic incentives and disincentives to farmers.

Observing that stubble burning is detrimental to the environment and public health, Judge Adarsh ​​Kumar Goel, Chairman of NGT, said: "The fact remains that the problem has not been fully resolved and that the impacts negative on air quality and their consequences on citizens "health and life are indisputable."

"The problem must be solved by taking all possible measures in the interest of public health and the protection of the environment," added the judiciary.

During the hearing, it was suggested to the judiciary that incentives be given to those who do not burn stubble and dissuasive measures to those who continue the practice.

"We see no problem in ensuring that such economic incentives and disincentives are not properly planned or implemented. We note that the existing minimum support price (MSP) system must be interpreted in such a way as to allow the States concerned to deny all or part of the MSP's benefit to those who continue to burn crop residues, "the Chamber said.

Although the officers were invited to be present on November 15, the NGT said that "this short delay is due to the urgency of the situation with respect to the deterioration of air quality in the area. NCT Delhi and adjacent areas ".

Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farm Welfare of the Union was also asked to be present to "find a lasting solution".

The NGT also stated that it "is open to the central government" by convening a meeting with the states.