The Supreme Court gave a 24-hour ultimatum to the Delhi government and the Centre to take concrete action against pollution in Delhi.
Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai on Thursday announced that all schools in Delhi will remain closed from Friday till any further order is issued in this regard, owing to the present pollution levels in the city. The decision comes after the chief justice of India, NV Ramana, rapped the Delhi government on reopening schools amid the threatening levels of pollution. Noting that while elders are allowed to work from home, the Supreme Court bench asked the government why the children are being exposed to the health hazard.
Advocate Abhishek Singhvi, appearing for the Delhi government, informed the Supreme Court that sending their children to schools to attend physical classes is voluntary and if the apex court wants, the government can suspend offline classes. “Don’t use our shoulder. You are the government, you have to take action. You are saying whoever wants to come, come; you want to stay at home, stay. If you give an option, everyone will come, who wants to stay at home,” the CJI said.
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