SC Or­der Goes Up in Smoke

The Economic Times - - Breaking Ideas -

Apro­pos the Edit, ‘More Than Dik­tat for Be­havioural Change’ (Nov 9), there’s no dis­put­ing the fact that “the key is cul­tural and be­havioural change”. Yet, what hap­pened on Di­wali night, de­spite the ad­mit­tedly be­lated Supreme Court or­der, is an ut­ter shame­ful fail­ure of the state ma­chin­ery. It is sad that as a so­ci­ety, we heed only the fear of the ba­ton and heavy fines. With the kind of killer pol­lu­tion lev­els seen in all parts of the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion, we needed much more force­ful com­pli­ance of the court’s or­ders. There was the need to draft RWA of­fice bear­ers, vested with pow­ers to get the cul­prits ar­rested with heavy fines im­posed.

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