NHRC notices to Centre, govts of Delhi, Punjab, Haryana on ‘toxic haze’

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The NHRC has sent notices to the Center and to the governments of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana in view of the levels of pollution that threaten life here and in the National Capital Region.

The National Human Rights Commission today criticized the authorities for not taking the appropriate measures to confront the “danger”, which constitutes a violation of the right to life and health.

The rights panel sought reports within two weeks from different ministries of the Union and the three governments on the “effective steps” that are being taken and proposed to address the situation.

“The state can not let its citizens die because of the toxic haze,” he said in a statement.

Notices were issued to the secretaries of the ministries of environment, health and roads and road transport of the Union along with the principal secretaries of the governments of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, Punjab and Haryana.

The commission said it had taken a serious view of the “potentially deadly” contamination at Delhi-NCR.