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To tackle stubble-burning, govt to post nodal officers

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Chandigarh, September 4

As part of the Captain Amarinder Singh government's focused efforts to check stubble-burning in the upcoming kharif season, Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan today directed the Deputy Commissioners to appoint nodal officers at the village-level to monitor and immediately report any such incidents.

A unique mobile app has also been developed this time to get real-time updates about the incidents across the state.

Presiding over a high-level multi-stakeholder virtual review meeting, the Chief Secretary took stock of the actions taken so far by the departments concerned to ensure zero incidence of stubble burning. Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has been pressing the Central Government to give an incentive of Rs 100 per quintal of paddy to farmers, in addition to the MSP, so that they can manage the paddy straw.

The Chief Secretary said the nodal officers would be appointed especially in hot spots wherein maximum cases were reported last year. There are eight hot spots in the state, namely Sangrur, Barnala, Patiala, Bathinda, Sri Muktsar Sahib, Mansa, Tarn Taran and Ferozepur. The officers will verify fire incidents reported by Punjab Remote Sensing Centre (PRSC), Ludhiana. — TNS

from The Tribune

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