What is the way ahead?

Year after year, citizens in Delhi NCR face the brunt of catastrophic levels of hazardous pollutants. Primarily from stubble burning in Haryana and Punjab, secondarily from industrial effluents and vehicles. Each time, when the AQI surges, the same blame game starts between the governments of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana and the Central government. The ones who suffer are the citizens and that includes our children and the elders. In 2019, Delhi has become the "most polluted" city in the world! A dubious distinction that, and our government should be ashamed of it.
When there is a solution to control stubble burning through straw management machinery, why does the central/state governments not ramp up the subsidized supply of these units to farmers? We cannot burn farmers for this but the government directly. While the Punjab and Haryana CMs, care a hoot about it, is it not time for our glamorous PM Modi to step in and do something about it??
We really and truly feel responsible for our children and they do NOT deserve such a life and neither do we. more  

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The State and Central Government should enforce rule for the benefit of common people. more  
Whatever action is needed to face the burning issue and to get rid thereof, the government must do and all the facilitators contributing in aggravating the situation be dealt with iron hands. If the concerned state governments remain uncooperative and refuse to come forward to join hands with the government in the centre to fight back with this national issue threatening human lives under influence of any ulterior motives of gaining political advantage under pretext of the Constitution, the government in the centre should immediately take necessary steps bringing in necessary ordinance to have special powers to directly act against those presently fall under the jurisdiction of the respective state governments. In the meantime, all our political parties are being called upon to become above politics and join hands with the national government to jointly find out a solution to fight back with such national tragedy/issue. more  
Neelav Samrat De: Your and other Delhi residents frustration with the governments at various level is palpable. No question you are right in saying the pollution situation in India is shameful with the country having 12 out of the 14 most polluted cities in the world. But in a democracy the only answer is to keep on putting pressure where ever and whenever one can. If you don't, I believe things can get much worse. One wishes that the country's leaders were as good at delivering results as they are at slogans and promises.

At the same time do your part to influence your family's, neighbours' and community's behaviour towards a better environment. more  
7. Pollution control board of Kerala has identified farm animals as a source of pollution, though the dept. of dairy development supports hi-tech farming involving large number of animals in one place.
8. Solid waste conversion of many states and districts are in disarray when world considers waste as the future source of energy. Along with solar energy the entire world is looking forward to waste as hope for future. Negligence in sorting of waste at source is a major hindrance to waste management in India.
9. PARADIGMS OF PLANNING: Currently planning is focused on three sectors viz. the production sector (ie. agriculture, fisheries, animal Husbandry, mining etc.), the manufacturing sector (ie. processing, steel industry, automobile etc.) and the service sector (like sales & marketing, insurance, health service, counseling, communication). While, the two last mentioned sectors depend primarily on production, production requires primary inputs like land, water, energy which are drawn mainly from nature/ environment. If production is unable keep pace with the demands of either manufacturing or service sector, a supply constraint may ensue which in turn may not only affect the growth rate of manufacturing and service sectors, but would also result in inflation denying access to end user/ consumer especially of the poor. The service sector has already seen layoffs and retrenchments. Inflation forces the government to revise the pay and allowance.
10. CONCLUDING POLICY ISSUES: A policy of “plenty production” must not use nature at rates that are not replenished naturally. Scientific evidence indicates this to be happening and suggests the need to invest in environmental assets, sustainability and biodiversity. Changing life style and growing population increase pressure on land, water and energy. Addressing economic meltdown politically or economically (neglecting nature) will provide only a symptomatic relief. It is necessary to deliberate development on a pragmatic canvas supplementing the (three) traditional sectors with the nature (ie. science of environment) and human behavior (ie. science of the soul). more  
4. Influence of stress and tension, Insurmountable information and skill supported professionals to enhance their service which benefited the community immensely. Technologies enriched the world and reduced death, but made cities crowded and busy. It increased demand for better professional service. Information Technology/ Information communication Technology (IT/ ICT) enabled professionals to plan quick and efficient service to more clients, without affecting efficacy. Pressure on land, water and energy, along with increasing opportunities in cities gave birth to high-rise urban buildings that pushed individuals more to an isolated life. Opportunities in the “Virtual world” of electronics have made human interaction and personal contact lesser. When this was combined by, scheduled work, cracking communication etc., relating, helplessness, cynicism and primary symptoms of depression became frequent
5. Law and justice: Matters that looked legally fine need not deliver justice always: For example forest rules of Andhra Pradesh require more than 7 committees to screen an application for use (explore) forest resources. Pastorals seeking permission to collect fodder find it extremely cumbersome, while business giants can afford to engage good lawyers to get sanction through well drafted petitions. Pastorals find it easier to bribe the forest guard than seek cumbersome permit. Recent detection of illegal quarrying and alleged involvement of public men are examples legality does not deliver justice, but encourage corruption.
6. Legal decrees in India that support sustainable development: Supreme Court of India has already come to the rescue of environment. If we test the provisions of Special Economic Zones (SEZ) most of they can be seen violating the ruling of SC in 1996. Kerala stand out in this aspect; the per capita land holding of the state is 0.1 hectare and cropping percentage is >115%. more  
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