Top StoriesStubble Burning: Centre To Place Ordinance On Stubble Burning Before Supreme Court Next Week Srishti Ojha8 April 2021 5:56 AMShare This – xSupreme Court has on Thursday decided to consider next week, Centre’s Ordinance framed to deal with the problem of stubble burning. SG Mehta assured the Court that the Ordinance, with modifications approved by the Cabinet yesterday will be placed before the Court next weekA three-judge Bench of CJI, Justice Bopanna and Justice Ramasubramanian was hearing a PIL filed in 2020 seeking directions…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginSupreme Court has on Thursday decided to consider next week, Centre’s Ordinance framed to deal with the problem of stubble burning. SG Mehta assured the Court that the Ordinance, with modifications approved by the Cabinet yesterday will be placed before the Court next weekA three-judge Bench of CJI, Justice Bopanna and Justice Ramasubramanian was hearing a PIL filed in 2020 seeking directions to govt of Punjab and Haryana to ensure complete ban on stubble burnings in their respective states & providing stubble burning machines to small and marginal farmers.The Bench decided to hear the matter next week, after a request seeking the same was made by SG Tushar Mehta. During the hearing, SG Tushar Mehta informed the Court that there is already an ordinance which has been approved.However, Senior Adv Vikas singh appearing for one of the petitioner opposed his submission and stated that the Ordinance was brought in only to stall the Judge who was appointed by the Court to oversee with this.”Again we will come by September, again the same problem will start. Let them file a proper status report if proper Body was properly constituted, if they intend bring in a law by Parliament.” Singh said.SG refused to respond to the first part of submission made by Mr Singh, saying that it was made irresponsibly. “Yesterday Cabinet has approved some modifications in the ordinance and i will place the Ordinance on next week.” SG said.SG Tushar Mehta had in October 2020 informed the Court that the Central Government was bringing a comprehensive legislation to set up a permanent body to address the problem of stubble burning.In that view of the matter, the SG had urged the bench to keep in abeyance the October 16 order appointing Justice Madan B Lokur as a One-Man Committee to monitor steps taken to tackle problems related to Stubble burningThe present plea has been filed by a 3rd year law student, Aman Banka and a Class XII student, Aditya Dubey highlighting that stubble burning contributes to almost 40-45% of air pollution in Delhi.The plea has been filed to ensure that the Air Quality Index level in Delhi-NCR does not critical levels during the stubble burning season this year, especially in view of the prevailing Covid-19 Pandemic.The petitioners have sought issuance of necessary directions to the Respondent-States to ensure availability of appropriate stubble removing machines, free of cost, to the small and marginal farmers of the concerned states.They argued that stubble fires in Punjab & Haryana are a direct result of the “inability of the small & marginal farmers to purchase or rent out stubble removal machines due to financial incapacity”, which leaves them with no option but to burn the plant residue in their fields.Supreme Court had on 16th October 2020 accepted the suggestion made in this plea to appoint a one-man committee of Justice Lokur to prevent stubble burning, stating that the Chief secretaries of Punjab, Haryana & UP will enable Justice Lokur to order to devise additional means and methods for preventing burning or stubble in the states.The Court had further observed that the NCC, NSS & Bharat Scouts & Guides be deployed in the respective states for assisting in the monitoring of stubble burning in the agricultural areas in the states.However, the Apex Court had later decided that its order passed to appoint Justice Lokur, as a one-man panel monitor the steps taken to tackle the problem of stubble-burning be kept in abeyance.The decision was taken after Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta had submitted that the Central Government was bringing a comprehensive legislation to set up a permanent body to address the problem of stubble burning.The Supreme Court in November 2019 had taken note of air pollution in Delhi-NCR and had passed a slew of directions. The State Governments were directed to ensure that no further crop stubble burning takes place.Further, a ban was imposed on construction and demolition activities in Delhi and NCR. The Court had further highlighted that punishing the farmers for stubble burning was not the ultimate solution, but to provide them with the basic facilities and amenities.In January 2020 the Court passed several directions, dealing right from the problem of stubble burning to vehicular emissions and construction dust in Delhi. The Central Government and the State Governments of Punjab, Haryana and UP were directed to prepare a comprehensive plan to prevent stubble burning.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
JAKE NAUGHTON/Herald photoThe trend of same scenario, different team continues.For the third time in four weeks the University of Wisconsin men?s hockey team will be playing an opponent it?s tied with in the WCHA standings ? and they all happen to be from across the border. First it was Minnesota. Then it was Minnesota-Duluth. Now it?s Minnesota State.?These are fun times of the year because there is so much on the line,? said UW head coach Mike Eaves, whose team has just two more series left before the WCHA Tournament. ?You don?t have to work on emotional energy. It?s going to be there because of what?s at stake.?The Badgers had success the first two times around, taking three points from the Gophers and what would have been three more from the Bulldogs, had they not allowed an overtime goal. This time, however, points may not come as easy.Unlike the first time these two teams met, when Wisconsin was far from consistent and Minnesota State was far from .500 (2-6-2 in conference), this weekend?s matchup at the Kohl Center will be between two of the nation?s hottest teams.Wisconsin (13-11-6, 9-9-4 WCHA) has just that one loss to UMD over its past nine games, while Minnesota State (15-10-4, 9-9-4) is unbeaten in six.?It will be a good measuring stick to see where we?re at,? said Wisconsin forward Ben Street, whose parents from British Columbia and sister from Ontario will be in attendance.The Badgers know that with so little time left between now and the end of the season, this series could greatly impact the final standings.?This is huge for us; it?s another one of those four point weekends where you can stretch yourself out or fall way behind,? Street said.Since the Mavericks took three of four points from the Badgers in December in Mankato, Minn., Wisconsin is looking to return the favor on its home ice.To do so, it will have to go through Mavericks goaltender Mike Zacharias, who was nearly a brick wall the last time the Badgers faced him, giving up just two goals.?He stood on his head the last time we played him,? Connelly said. ?He?s a really good goaltender, so we just have to make sure to get a lot of shots on net and make it hard for him.?From sophomore defenseman Jaime McBain?s standpoint, this weekend is about getting back at Zacharias for shutting the UW offense down.?We have to throw pucks at him, get bodies at him and screen him because he usually is going to make the first save,? McBain said, who scored one of those two goals on Zacharias. ?Hopefully this time we capitalize on PP.?From Connelly?s standpoint, this weekend is about matching Zacharias save for save in order to give Wisconsin a chance.?It?s really going to be a good duel,? Connelly said, who allows 2.30 goals per game. ?I really have to step up. I have to match him.??We?re at a goaltender premium right now; every goal is a really big goal.?As for the rest of the Mavericks, well, they?re some of the most physical, hard-nosed players in a conference that is laden with them.?They have the formula for a winning team. They work their fannies off,? Eaves said. ?They?re a hard working, overachieving bunch that have accepted their roles and play well as a team.?So even though the Mavericks got off to a rough start, the Badger players and coaches aren?t surprised by their turnaround.?When you play everyone hard night in and night out, you?re going to generate wins,? Street said.Still, the focus isn?t on what Minnesota State has accomplished to date. It?s on what Wisconsin has accomplished and recognizing those feats. Four Badgers ? Davis Drewiske, Kyle Klubertanz, Josh Engel and Matt Ford ? will be honored for their achievements over the past four years on Saturday.?It?s always an emotional time; it?s a fun weekend because it?s parent?s weekend, and it kind of cranks up the atmosphere a little bit more,? Ben Street said.Whatever happens, whether one team asserts itself, or they split, Connelly is excited to get on the ice and play.