Deny MSP to stubble burners: NGT


What is Important?
From UPSC Perspectives
Prelims:About NGT
Mains:How to improve air quality in northern states

Why in News?

State governments had failed to curb stubble burning, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday summoned the Chief Secretaries of Delhi,Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Highlights:

*NGT officers have been directed to draw up a plan to provide economic incentives and disincentives to farmers.
*Observing that stubble burning is adversely affecting environment and public health.
*The fact remains that the problem has not been fully tackled and the adverse impacts on the air quality and consequent impacts on the citizens’ health and lives are undisputed

To be done now:

*The problem is required to be resolved by taking all such measures as are possible in the interest of public health and environment protection.
*Incentives could be provided to those who are not burning the stubble and disincentives for those who continue the practice.
*The existing Minimum Support Price (MSP) Scheme must be so interpreted as to enable the States concerned to wholly or partly deny the benefit of MSP to those who continue to burn the crop residue.
*Secretary, Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare has also been directed to be present to “find a lasting solution.”
*The Central government should convene a meeting with the States.

National Green Tribunal:

*The NGT was established in 2010 under the National Green Tribunal Act 2010, passed by the Central Government.
*The stated objective of the Central Government was to provide a specialized forum for effective and speedy disposal of cases pertaining to environment protection, conservation of forests and for seeking compensation for damages caused to people or property due to violation of environmental laws or conditions specified while granting permissions.




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