SMOG DIARY 2, Finally after 5 days the air seems clearer
SMOG DIARY 2
Finally after 5 days the air seems clearer. Maybe some of the Graded Response Plan helped. Maybe the smog phenomenon just outlived its course. Visibility has improved and the sky is at least a pale blue instead of an invisible nothingness. But the thing is this-we have all suffered damage and visible clarity of air is no guarantee of pollution being under even moderate control. The measures taken, like stopping some traffic, halting some construction and stopping of crop stubble burning are tactical band aids. Will things change for real for good for long? Only if some real change happens at both the level of political will and execution of the rule of law, can we hold out hope for better news, in my view.
Meanwhile the maid’s husband – a construction labourer, is out of work because construction has been stopped at his work site. So he has an income drop and job uncertainty. He migrated from the village as his options there had ended. He has no support net. No training for another job. No hope either. Shouldn’t he be compensated instead of loosing his earnings for his employer’s crimes? I’d love to hear about the flouters being penalised. Why penalise the already marginalised for mistakes they didn’t create? Or should we just again shrug them off as collateral damage? Who is the polluter and who pays for the problem?