25 Jun 2022

"Air Pollution Poses Threat To Right To Life": Human Rights Commission

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken to the streets media reports citing an external poll that air pollution poses a serious threat to public health in India, reducing life expectancy by 5 years and 9.7 years for Delhi residents.
The commission found that the content of the media reports, if true, raised a sensitive issue for the Right to Life, a media report said on Saturday.

The Commission has issued a notice to the Secretary, Department of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change requesting a report on the matter within four weeks, including the status of the National Air Force which was established in 2019.

The report also divided Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana and Tripura among India's highest polluted provinces. The commission also expected state officials to take the matter seriously in a timely manner.

According to media reports dated June 15, 2022, Delhi residents will receive an average of 10 years of life if the annual average of 2.5 PM levels does not exceed 5 micrograms per cubic meter, according to WHO standards.

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