8,000 nodal officers to check stubble burning - ECAS Punjab

8,000 nodal officers to check stubble burning

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Chandigarh, September 27

In a series of measures to check stubble burning in the ongoing kharif season, the state government has appointed 8,000 nodal officers in paddy growing villages of the state with 23,500 more machines being given to farmers for in situ management of paddy straw.

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh said he had been following up with the Prime Minister for compensation to farmers for defraying the cost on the management of paddy straw, adding that the state was also taking various steps to educate farmers about the issue. The state government has been seeking from the Centre Rs 100 per quintal as compensation to enable farmers to manage paddy straw without burning it.

The nodal officers, who will be working in villages till November 15, will work in close coordination with the staff of cooperation, revenue, rural development and panchayats, agriculture, horticulture and soil conservation departments, as well as the Punjab Pollution Control Board and the Guardians of Governance. A dedicated team has been stationed at the call centre on toll free number 1800-180-1551 for quick resolution of the queries of farmers about farm machinery for paddy straw management. — TNS

from The Tribune https://ift.tt/3i3fXS4

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