Delhi pollution: Central government not in favour of WFH

The central government is not in favour of work-from-home for its employees, the Supreme Court was told today amid an escalating air quality crisis in Delhi and nearby cities, underling that it will “not be (of) much benefit and effect”.

In its affidavit, the government said,”… In the recent past, several governmental functions were impacted due to COVID-19 pandemic for substantially a long period of time which entailed pan India ramifications.” The centre, however, said it has “issued an advisory on carpooling” for its employees.

In the last hearing on Monday, the Supreme Court had asked the centre and states to consider work-from-home for at least a week. Pollution due to factories, transportation, dust, and some part of stubble burning, are the major contributing factors, the top court had stressed.

The court has been nudging the authorities to take urgent steps as several states in north India remain wrapped in toxic air.

Today, the Supreme Court was also told by the Punjab government, which had come under flak over the issue of stubble-burning, that it would need financial assistance from the centre.