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Punjab

To work in tandem with administration, three panchayats pass a resolution against stubble burning

ASHOK KAURA | October 01, 2020 03:59 PM

JALANDHAR:With the experts predicting possible aggravation of Covid-19 situation due to burning of crop residue, three panchayats in Jalandhar have come forward to work shoulder to shoulder with district administration in wiping out stubble burning by passing resolutions to not to allow stubble burning in their villages.

The resolutions read that harvesting of paddy would be done only by the combine attached with Super SMS and they would inform the police and administration immediately in case someone violates the orders.

Today, the panchayats in Hirapur, Bhagwanpur and Kala Bakra passed the resolutions.

The step was being taken in a bid to ensure clean air and pollution-free environment to the people in this Covid time when the entire machinery has been battling the pandemic since March.

Divulging the details, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said the administration is tirelessly working in these trying situations to beat the coronavirus in larger public interest and save precious lives. He said that the stubble burning creates harmful gases and may give rise to respiratory problems.
Thori said hence the Covid situation may worsen here so it is the prime duty of panchayats to ensure zero stubble burning in their villages.

He said the burning of paddy stubble produces 70, 000 MG particulate matter which harms human health and destroys 17 nutrients and several other micro-nutrients of soil. He said the administration has already deployed 511 cluster and nodal officers in the district to ensure round the clock monitoring and immediate action in stubble burning instances.

The Deputy Commissioner appealed the panchayats to ensure farmers adopt effective methods for residue management through latest techniques and their villages record zero cases of stubble burning.

Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Surinder Singh said that the Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department is aggressively sensitizing the farmers against the stubble burning as it causes huge damage to human health and the environment.

He said that the department is already offering new high- tech machinery equipment to the farmers to manage the stubble in the fields.

The department is prominently projecting the progressive farmers in the awareness drive so that others can also pursue techniques followed by the former in managing the stubble, he said and added that those farmers, who have shunned the stubble burning practice and decomposed the stubble in fields, received good yield.

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