HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Centre has questioned the SC decision to ask govt employees WFH with an affidavit
  • It has cited CAQM directives seeking a shut down of industries using unapproved fuel
  • The CAQM in order to implement its regulations has asked five states to submit compliance reports by Nov 22

On Wednesday, the Centre refused to stand in accordance with the Supreme Court’s (SC) decision to ask Delhi Central government employees to work from home. The decision was conveyed by the SC in light of the rising pollution in the capital city. The Centre has given an affidavit to the court in which it has said that the number of vehicles used by its employees will not shed a great impact on the ongoing situation of air pollution in Delhi.

On Tuesday, the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM), issued regulations, widening restrictions between the NCR cities. It has also banned entry of trucks to Delhi till November 21. These regulations were cited by the government. With a ‘very poor’ categorization, the recorded Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi was 379 on Wednesday.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta has told the court that as per the CAQM directives, industries running on unapproved fuel facilities have to shut down with immediate effect. The CAQM in its regulations has further directed that the government can allow 50 per cent of its employees to work from home. In order to implement its directives, the CAQM has asked five states to give reports before November 22.

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