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NGT directs Agriculture Ministry to submit status report on steps taken to stop crop burning

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has directed the to furnish a status report within two weeks on the steps taken to stop burning, which results in

The tribunal directed the ministry to continue to monitor the preventive steps and furnish a status report on or before April 30. As per information, no such report has been received by the tribunal from the

A bench headed by NGT Justice asked the to submit the report by e-mail.

"Before taking coercive measures, we give an opportunity to the to furnish its report within two weeks by e-mail at ngt.filing@gmail.com, failing which we may have to enforce personal appearance of the secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, and take penal action, if necessary," the bench said.

The tribunal directed that the report may be in terms of cumulative assessment of the problems and the remedies implemented and proposed.

The matter is posted for next hearing on May 28.

The tribunal had earlier said there was a need to find a for the problems of and directed the chief secretaries of four states to appear before it to explain ways to prevent it.

The green panel was hearing the matter after taking note of a report published in an English daily titled, "All fiddle as crop stubble burns, farmers say solutions out of reach."

The report had claimed that crop burning shoots up the carbon dioxide levels in the air by 70 per cent.

It had said every year in October quality of air in Delhi, and deteriorates as farmers set leftover stubble and loose straw on fire after paddy is harvested.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 18:00 IST
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