Patiala, October 13 : – Even though Patiala District Administration has tried to make a futile attempt of face-saving on Friday by ferrying 50 odd farmers from the Village Kallar Majri in Nabha Sub-Division and presenting them before the National Green Tribunal (NGT) by showing that these farmers are against the burning of Paddy Stubble but it fails to justify the claim as more and more farmers are joining hands over the issue of Burning of Paddy Stubble in the Fields.In comparison to the other district’s falling in the Malwa region again Punjab Chief Minister’s own Home District baggs the first position as far as Burning of Paddy Stubble by the Farmers is concerned as in Patiala District the trend of Paddy Stubble Burning continues unabetted even as the head office of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) is also situated here and so far neither the PPCB nor the Police has registered any case against any of the farmers. Interestingly not only the National Green Tribunal (NGT) but the Punjab government too has imposed a ban on the burning of Paddy Stubble but the agitated farmers so far involved in Burning of the Paddy Stubble without any check and openly flaunting the state government’s orders.On the other hand, the agitated farmers has announced to continue with their action to burn Paddy Stubble in the Fields on regular basis from October 15 and also reiterated that if the administration has tried to take any type of any action against any of the Farmer then the Farmers organizations will join hands over the issue and lodge strong protest against it. A large number of Farmers on the call of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Dakonda) burn Paddy Stubble in the Village Kularan in Samana Sub-Division under the presidentship of ex-Chief Mukhtiar Singh Dulard.Dulard on this occasion asked the state government either to make arrangements for the immediate lifting of the paddy Stubble from the Fields or they will burn it in the fields.He said that so far the state government has failed badly to support state farmers on any of their demands by one or the other reason. He also urged the state government to change its present attitude of entering into confrontation with the farming fraternity and take steps in their favor and create some conducive atmosphere as well. The Farmers also raised slogans against the state government over the issue on this occasion. Whereas Leaders of the Naujavan Sabha Gurpyar Singh, Kashmira Singh, and Wazir Singh also came heavily against the state government saying that the government is adopting double standards and trying to victimize the farmers without any reasons and running from its duties.In another development, the Patwaris working in the revenue wing of the Irrigation Department have also decided not to go against the Farmers involved in burning the Paddy Stubble in their fields. A decision to this effect has been taken in a meeting as the meeting felt that as the Agitated Farmers were involved in Gheraoing the Government Officials over this issue so they will not put them in any type of danger while performing their duties in any way.Meanwhile, the agitated Farmers burn Paddy Stubble in Five Villages namely Aliwal, Hussainpur, Thakugarh, Salampur Pandataan and Upplai falling in Bhunerheri Block in the district and on this occasion anti-government slogans were also raised in a big way. Kisan Leaders includes Narinder Singh Lehlaan, Gurcharan Singh Parode, Balwinder Singh Uppali, Gurjeet Singh Uppali and Talwinder Singh Hussainpur said that already the state Farmers are facing problems due to various reasons and now the state government trying to add to their woes through this decision.They said that the state government is trying to run for its commitments towards the farming fraternity and planning to take anti-farmers steps but reiterated that now the farmers are also ready to face any of the challenges from this government.They announced that from October 15 onwards the farmers will burn the Paddy Stubble in their fields in a big way as after the Paddy harvesting they required free fieldsfor the sowing of wheat crop and they are not having enough spare time to wait for the decomposition of the Paddy Stubble in their fields. They urged the state government to take steps to get clear the Paddy fields as early as possible and they farmers have no objection to any of such move.
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