Now, red en­try in land reg­is­ter for burn­ing stub­ble; loan ban likely

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - PUNJAB - HT Cor­re­spon­dents let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

› Farm­ers are blamed for burn­ing crop stub­ble but no one is ready to of­fer them last­ing so­lu­tions as al­ter­na­tives... Their protests can’t be ig­nored for long by giv­ing false as­sur­ances.

SADHU SINGH, AAP MP, Farid­kot

BARNALA/FARID­KOT:The state gov­ern­ment may soon ban is­suance of loans to farm­ers found in­volved in stub­ble burn­ing. Dis­trict of­fi­cials in Barnala have di­rected pat­waris to make a red en­try in the gir­dawari (land sur­vey) reg­is­ter against any farmer in­volved in the act.

Deputy com­mis­sioner (DC) Ghan­shyam Thori said, “The state gov­ern­ment is con­tem­plat­ing to ban loans for farm­ers who burn paddy straw in their fields. Such farm­ers may also be de­prived of us­ing agri­cul­tural im­ple­ments on rent.”

He claimed, “Thou­sands of farm­ers from the dis­trict have sub­mit­ted un­der­tak­ings against stub­ble burn­ing.”

In the past, the state de­part­ment of science, tech­nol­ogy and en­vi­ron­ment had is­sued a no­ti­fi­ca­tion to ban burn­ing of crop residue. The Na­tional Green Tri­bunal had also is­sued di­rec­tions to con­trol stub­ble burn­ing.

The DC added that or­ders of the Pun­jab Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board im­poses a fine up to ₹2,500 on farm­ers own­ing 2.5 acres, ₹5,000 on those hav­ing 2.5 acres to five acres, ₹7,500 on those own­ing be­tween five acres and 10 acres, and ₹15,000 on those hav­ing more than 10 acres, in­case they are found burn­ing stub­ble.

Mean­while, in Farid­kot, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Sadhu Singh on Fri­day said the cen­tral and state gov­ern­ments have failed to pro­vide farm­ers a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to man­age paddy stub­ble, even though stub­ble burn­ing has be­come a se­ri­ous is­sue.

He claimed that Pun­jab gov­ern­ment’s sug­ges­tion to de­com­pose stub­ble to en­rich soil fer­til­ity is an “eye­wash ac­cord­ing to sci­en­tists”.

The par­lia­men­tar­ian added that farm­ers are blamed for burn­ing stub­bles but no one is ready to of­fer them last­ing so­lu­tions.

He said, “Farm­ers’ protest can’t be ig­nored for long by giv­ing false as­sur­ances,” adding that the Cen­tre has been “be­tray­ing” farm­ers by re­fus­ing to im­ple­ment rec­om­men­da­tions of the Swami­nathan Com­mis­sion. “Farm­ers are be­ing de­nied even the min­i­mum sup­port price. This is un­fair,” he added.

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