New Delhi: A task force has been set up under the chairmanship of the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister to tackle the issue of air pollution in Delhi-NCR, the government said. Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Mahesh Sharma said this in written reply to a question as to whether the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had sought details from the states concerned about effective steps being taken to tackle the pollution situation.
The NHRC had sought details from the states concerned about the effective steps being taken to tackle higher pollution level in Delhi and NCR. The information has been submitted by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to the NHRC on December 1, he said.
“This task force has cabinet secretary and secretaries of relevant ministries as members. The first meeting of the Task Force Committee was held on December 4.
The task force has set up a sub-committee headed by Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, to come up with an action plan to tackle the issue of stubble burning. The sub-committee is deliberating on this matter and is likely to give its report shortly, the minister said.