District administration, staff at odds over straw fire order - ECAS Punjab

District administration, staff at odds over straw fire order

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Tribune News Service

Muktsar, October 15

Government employees are up in arms against the district administration decision asking them to give details of their land records in a bid to control stubble-burning. The employees today announced they would start an agitation if the order was not withdrawn by October 23.

On October 13, the Additional Deputy Commissioner issued the order asking all department heads in the district to collect details of farmland owned by the employees and a self-declaration that they won't burn stubble, and submit these by October 16. As per the order, those who don't own agricultural land would also have to give a self-declaration in this regard.

Varinder Dhosiwal, general secretary, State Ministerial Services Association, Muktsar, said: "Government employees are playing a crucial role in controlling farm fires. The demand of seeking self-declaration from employees and details of their agricultural land is creating a divide between the administration and employees.

"We have passed a resolution that neither any employee will give details of their land, nor submit a self-declaration form. If the administration doesn't roll back its order by October 23, we will start an agitation."

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