Centre objects to ‘tinkering’ with MSP to verify if farmers burnt paddy stubble

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published Published on Oct 7, 2020   modified Modified on Oct 7, 2020

-The Indian Express

The top court also issued notices to the Centre and Punjab, Haryana and Delhi governments on a plea by Class XII student Aditya Dubey and law student Aman Banka, which sought directions to provide free of cost stubble-removing machines to small and marginal farmers to check the menace.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta Tuesday objected to a proposal to withhold a part of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) to verify if a farmer had indulged in stubble burning, saying “tinkering with MSP may not be in the interests of farmers”.

Mehta, who appeared for the Union Environment Ministry before the Supreme Court, was responding to a suggestion in this regard by environmentalist Vikrant Tongad as a measure to check stubble burning. Mehta told a bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde that he will file a reply.

Appearing for Tongad, senior advocate Shyam Divan said measures adopted to control forest fires could be used to prevent stubble burning too. Divan said yet another suggestion was that a portion of the MSP be withheld to verify if a farmer has indulged in stubble burning or not.

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The Indian Express, 7 October, 2020, https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/centre-objects-to-tinkering-with-msp-to-verify-if-farmers-burnt-paddy-stubble-6705970/

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