NHRC asks govt to tackle pollution in Delhi, NCR

NHRC asks govt to tackle pollution in Delhi, NCR

The government cannot just leave its citizens to die by inhaling toxic gas, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said on Thursday while castigating authorities for not taking proper steps to tackle pollution in Delhi and the National Capital Region(NCR).

In a strongly worded statement, the NHRC said there is an "immediate need" for effective action by the central and the state agencies for proper implementation of environmental laws.

Seeking a detailed report within two weeks from three central ministries and state governments of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana, it said there is a need for an effective study by experts and proper implementation of their recommendations, including short-term and long-term measures identified.

It has asked the Union Health Secretary to provide details about preparedness of government hospitals and other agencies to attend to the people affected by pollution and steps taken to create awareness among the public at large.

"It is apparent that the concerned authorities have not taken proper steps throughout the year to tackle this hazard, which is amounting to violation of the Right to Life and Health...The state cannot leave its citizens to die due to the toxic haze," the NHRC said.

It laos observed that  toxic smog in Delhi has become an annual health hazard, particularly, at a time when the winters are about to start.

The NHRC statement comes as Delhi and neighbouring areas are witnessing heavy smog due to crop-burning in Punjab and Haryana.

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