The Supreme Court excoriates the Delhi government for reopening schools amid worsening air pollution.

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The Supreme Court questioned the Delhi administration on why schools remained open in the national capital despite high pollution levels.
Schools, colleges, and other educational institutions in Delhi reopened on November 29 after being closed for 15 days due to the city’s high pollution level. The Delhi administration issued the order in response to a directive from the Supreme Court.
A panel led by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana was hearing a petition over the city’s escalating level of air pollution. During the hearing, CJI Ramana questioned the Delhi government, saying, “You stated that you have established work-from-home policies and that schools have been shuttered. That is not what we see.”
“Every day, you file affidavits. Reports, committees, and what’s going on the ground?” The bench also questioned the Centre and the Delhi administration.
Senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi read out the Delhi government’s affidavit on pollution-reduction measures.
In response, Justice Surya Kant stated, “But why are these young lads holding a flag in the middle of the road? They are there to help you with your publicity. Someone has to take care of their health.”
According to Singhvi, “They are volunteers for civil defence. If your lordships agree, we can provide them with more equipment.”
The CJI said, “You’ve formed task forces. How many members of the task force are from the Delhi government? How many are from the Centre?”
According to the SAFAR app, Delhi’s air quality was inferior on Thursday.


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