Punjab Government declares War against stubble burning
—-The agriculture department establishes a control room to keep a vigil on stubble burning
SAS Nagar, September 16 :
The Punjab Government has declared a War on stubble burning to save water, soil and the environment from pollution. Punjab Agriculture Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal today held a meeting with district Agriculture officers to discuss a blueprint to control stubble burning and implementation at the district level.
The Agriculture Minister said that controlling stubble burning is a major challenge for the state due to which this issue of pollution caused by stubble burning is being highlighted at the National and International levels which gives a bad name to Punjab. To put an end to the practice of stubble burning and paddy straw management the Punjab government under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has decided to take various concrete steps such as providing agriculture implements on subsidy to farmers, running awareness campaigns and some new scientific methods such as decomposer spray are being adopted to stop stubble burning practice in the state.
Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal today gave a call to all the officers and employees to work practically at ground zero instead of just doing paperwork. Agriculture Minister today directed the senior officers not to give leave to any officer or employee of the agriculture department till November 7.
Punjab Agriculture Minister also ordered to establish a state-level control room to keep a vigil on all the activities in the field regarding stubble burning awareness campaign and immediate reporting of cases of stubble burning. The Minister also asked the Additional Chief Secretary Agriculture Saravjit Singh to be in regular touch with the district civil and police administration regarding the issue of stubble burning.
Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal further said that on Monday he will be holding a meeting with some cabinet colleagues and Vice Chancellors of all the universities of the state to take the services of NSS volunteers to aware people of the ill effects of stubble burning.
In the end, the Agriculture Minister disclosed that the Punjab government will provide happy seeder machines to the Block level Agriculture officers which the small farmers can use for free. He said that already about 2-5 machines have been provided at the block level and they are trying to give about 10 happy seeder machines to the Agriculture officers for the use of farmers.
Others prominent present in the meeting included ACS Agriculture Saravjit Singh, Special Principal Secretary to CM and Secretary Mandi Board Ravi Bhagat, Director Agriculture Gurvinder Singh, and all the district Agriculture officers.