• Harshita Malhotra

NCPCR asks Delhi govt to shut schools till pollution reduces


The Delhi administration has been requested by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to close schools till the nation's capital's air quality improves. Data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) show that the air quality in the national capital has been worse recently and is now considered to be "severe."

According to the CPCB, persons who are healthy are negatively impacted by air pollution in the "severe" category, as do children and people who already have major medical conditions.

The leading organisation for children's rights claimed to have given the situation significant consideration and voiced worry about how children's health may be impacted by the "bad" air quality. In a letter to the chief secretary, NCPCR Chairperson Priyank Kanoongo urged him or her to take immediate action. In the best interests of the students, he has urged the Delhi administration to take into account closing schools while the nation's capital's air quality is still poor.