Barnala DC organizes live farm demonstration for farmers at village Moom
Barnala(Jagdev Singh Sekhon) – Taking a leap forward and leading from the front, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori today organised a live demonstration for farmers and educated them about the ways with which they can restrict themselves from burning paddy straw/stubble. This live demonstration was organised at village Moom of the district today. While addressing the gathering, the Deputy Commissioner said that the purpose of this live demonstration was because he himself wanted to have first hand information about the entire issue and provide practical feedback to the Punjab government.During the interaction with the farmers, the Deputy Commissioner urged them not to burn paddy straw in the interest of the nation as well as our present and coming generations as it leads to air pollution. On this occasion, with the help of agricultural implements/machinery, the farmers were shown various ways through which they could find a suitable solution of not burning paddy straw/stubble.Getting strict with farmers indulging in burning of paddy straw, the Punjab Government had announced some strict administrative measures. The revenue patwari’s have been directed to enter in the girdawri register with red ink as “paddy straw burnt”, wherever, the burning of paddy straw is observed by him. The Girdawri of each crop is made by the revenue Patwari and similar practice is carried out for every crop. So the burning of paddy crop in that particular field would also be brought into the notice of his higher authorities. Similarly, if any Nambardar is found indulging in straw burning, then he shall be issued notice by the competent authority for action against him/her.The Deputy Commissioner informed that the Department of Science, technology & Environment of Government of Punjab, vide its notification No.946 dated October 22, 2013 has issued a notification banning the burning of crops residue and the National Green Tribunal (NGT) vide its order dated December 10, 2015 in OA No.118 of 2013 has issued directions to control the burning of crop residue. The Deputy Commissioner further informed that the BDPO’s have been asked to get into touch with the Sarpanches of their respective villages and bring out resolutions in this regard.As per the Punjab Pollution Control Board, fines up to Rs 2,500 on farmers owning 2.5 acres, Rs 5,000 on those having 2.5 acres to five acres, Rs 7,500 on those owning between five acres and 10 acres, and Rs 15,000 on those having more than 10 acres, would be imposed in case they indulge into burning of paddy straw. For creating awareness amongst about ill effects of paddy straw burning amongst all stakeholders, awareness camps are being organised in all villages of the district.BKU President Jagsir Singh thanked Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori and said that it is for the first time that a Deputy Commissioner has visited fields to have firsthand look about the entire issue and learn it practically. He also handed over a memorandum of demands to the Deputy Commissioner and thanked him for interacting with them on their doorstep regarding the critical issue of paddy straw/stubble burning. Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Arvind Pal Singh Sandhu and District Agriculture Officer Rachhpal Singh Khosa were also present on the occasion.
For more news updates Follow and Like us on Facebook