President Ram Nath Kovind has signed an ordinance to tackle air pollution and to monitor and improve air quality in Delhi-National Capital Region. 

The ordinance was notified in the gazette late on Wednesday night.

The ordinance proposes to establish a permanent commission for air quality management in Delhi-NCR for coordination, research, identification and resolution of problems concerning air quality.

According to reports, the commission will be headquartered at Delhi, and will comprise representatives from Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

The commission will be authorised to "take all such measures, issue directions and entertain complaints in order to protect and improve the quality of air in the National Capital Region and adjoining areas", All India Radio reported. "It will also lay down the parameters for emission or discharge of environmental pollutants from various sources," All India Radio added.

The ordinance comes just days after the Centre assured the Supreme Court that a draft law was under consideration by the Centre. 

Based on this assurance, the Apex court had directed that its October 16 decision ordering formation of a one-man committee headed by retired Supreme Court judge, Justice Madan B Lokur to deal with the issue, be kept in abeyance.