Supreme Court inclined to consider withholding part of MSP for farmer if stubble burning is proven

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to examine a recommendation to withhold Minimum Support Price (MSP) till verification has been made that a farmer has now not indulged in stubble burning.

    A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice S. A. Bobde, Justice A. S. Bopanna, and V. Ramasubramanian washearing a fresh plea suggesting that a portion of MSP should be withheld to verifywhether a farmer is indulged in stubble burning or not.

    Advocate Charanpal Singh Bagri, appearing for the farmers, however, objected to the suggestion bringing the court’s attention to the November 5, 2019 order of the Supreme Court which had directed provide of compensation to those farmers who wereno longer indulged in stubble burning.

    Solicitor General Tushar Mehta also did no longer show his inclination towards the recommendation and sought time on behalf of the government to file its reply.

    The bench, however, sought to recognize as to who will be responsible for supervision and verification of the farmers indulged in stubble burning.

    The depend relates to stubble burning in NCR and regardless of a ban on stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana, farmers on account of financial constraints proceed to do so considering that they are unable to purchase environment-friendly equipment for crop residue management.

    Last year, around 20 million tonnes of paddy residue was produced by the state of Punjab of which farmers burnt 9.8 million tonnes of it, while the figures in Haryana stood at 7 million tonnes and 1.23 million tonnes, respectively.

    According to the Central Pollution Control Board, stubble burning was once an importantfactorbehind air air pollution in Delhi-NCR last year, contributing up to forty four per cent of the air pollution in November.

    Stubble burning is the act of settingfire to crop residue to remove them from the field to sow the next crop.The bench has listed the count number for the nextlistening to on October sixteen