Over 7K stubble burning cases reported this year - ECAS Punjab

Over 7K stubble burning cases reported this year

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Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, October 20

With various farm unions blaming the government for not providing any help to poor farmers to manage straw, the stubble burning cases have crossed the 7,000-mark in Punjab so far.

This year, the cases have been higher that those reported during the corresponding period in the past two years. As many as 7,105 stubble burning cases have been reported between September 21 and October 19, 2020. The number was 2,005 and 2,641 during the corresponding period in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

The maximum cases have been reported from Tarn Taran (1,716), followed by Amritsar (1,530), Ferozepur (623), Patiala (618) and Gurdaspur (504). The cases are also being reported from other districts of the state. However, only one case has been reported from Pathankot district as per the information available on the web portal of Punjab Remote Sensing Centre.

According to information, 179 cases have been reported from Ludhiana district so far. Members of farm unions, including BKU (Ugrahan), Kirti Kisan Union and others, blamed the government for not providing bonus to the farmers to manage stubble.

Tarlochan Singh, president of Kirti Kisan Union, Ludhiana, said, "The farmers in the state are helpless as the government failed to pay them bonus for managing stubble. The farmers, who are economically weak, can't afford the machinery to manage stubble. We had earlier demanded from the government to pay at least Rs 6,000 per acre to the farmers for the management of stubble. In absence of any help from the government, farmers are being forced to burn stubble."

Karunesh Garg, member-secretary of the Punjab Pollution Control Board, said the situation was under control in the state. He said, "Due to early harvesting this year, paddy arrival at mandis has been more than twice as compared to the corresponding period last year."

"Awareness campaigns are also being held against stubble burning," he said.



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