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Supreme Court Judge Justice Surya Kant Said He Hails From A Farmer Family

PTI, New Delhi

Published by: Amit Mandal
Updated Sat, 13 Nov 2021 05:24 PM IST

Summary

When Tushar Mehta, appearing for the central government, told the Supreme Court that these machines were being provided at 80 per cent subsidy rate, the court asked him some questions.

On the issue of stubble burning by farmers, Supreme Court Judge Justice Surya Kant said on Saturday that he is also a farmer and Chief Justice NV Ramana also comes from a farming family. He said that I know that poor and marginal farmers cannot buy machines for stubble management.

Poor farmers cannot buy expensive machines
During the hearing, Justice Kant told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, you are saying that two lakh machines are available, but poor farmers cannot buy it. In UP, Punjab and Haryana, the holding is less than three acres. We cannot expect those farmers to buy those machines.

Justice Kant said that why the central and state governments cannot provide machines? These should be taken for paper mills and other purposes. In Rajasthan, stubble can be fodder for goats etc. in winter. The Supreme Court was hearing a petition filed by environmental activist Aditya Dubey and law student Aman Banka, seeking directions to provide free stubble removal machines to small farmers.

It has become fashion to blame farmers
Mehta, appearing for the central government, told the Supreme Court that these machines are being made available at 80 per cent subsidy rate. The Supreme Court judge asked Mehta whether the officials assisting him could tell the actual price after the subsidy. Justice Kant, sitting with Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justice DY Chandrachud, asked whether farmers can afford it. I am a farmer and I know, the CJI is also from a farming family and he also knows and my brother (judge) also knows it. Justice Kant also said that it has become a fashion to blame farmers for air pollution.

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On the issue of stubble burning by farmers, Supreme Court Judge Justice Surya Kant said on Saturday that he is also a farmer and Chief Justice NV Ramana also comes from a farming family. He said that I know that poor and marginal farmers cannot buy machines for stubble management.

Poor farmers cannot buy expensive machines

During the hearing, Justice Kant told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, you are saying that two lakh machines are available, but poor farmers cannot buy it. In UP, Punjab and Haryana, the holding is less than three acres. We cannot expect those farmers to buy those machines.

Justice Kant said that why the central and state governments cannot provide machines? These should be taken for paper mills and other purposes. In Rajasthan, stubble can be fodder for goats etc. in winter. The Supreme Court was hearing a petition filed by environmental activist Aditya Dubey and law student Aman Banka, seeking directions to provide free stubble removal machines to small farmers.

It has become fashion to blame farmers

Mehta, appearing for the central government, told the Supreme Court that these machines are being made available at 80 per cent subsidy rate. The Supreme Court judge asked Mehta whether the officials assisting him could tell the actual price after the subsidy. Justice Kant, sitting with Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justice DY Chandrachud, asked whether farmers can afford it. I am a farmer and I know, the CJI is also from a farming family and he also knows and my brother (judge) also knows it. Justice Kant also said that it has become a fashion to blame farmers for air pollution.

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