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Farmers fined Rs 1.55 lakh in 45 cases for burning wheat stubble: Supervising Engineer

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The Fact News Service

Ludhiana, May 18

Deputy Commissioner Pradeep Agarwal while quoting the instructions received from the Punjab Pollution Control Board said that this time entry was being made with a red pen in the revenue records of the farmers who set fire to the wheat stubble. He said that in this regard the board has already made such an entry in the revenue record of a farmer. Apart from this, the board has also imposed fines of Rs. 1 lakh 55 thousand in 45 cases.

He said that the Punjab Pollution Control Board has taken a very strict stand in this regard. Instructions have been issued to all the Halqa Patwaris to enter the revenue record of any farmer who will burn the pulse this time with a red pen. The word ‘paddy burnt’ will be recorded by Patwari so that the farmers will be known in the future also. Such farmers will face a major hurdle in availing government facilities in the future.

Disclosing this here today Sandeep Behl, Supervising Engineer, Punjab Pollution Control Board said that till May 16, 2020, there were 178 cases of pulse burning in Ludhiana district which were being looked into immediately by the sub-divisional teams. Of these, 60 were cases where the cord was not on fire. Similarly, in 10 cases fire was found to have started suddenly due to some other reason. A case has also been registered against a farmer under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.

Agarwal appealed to all the farmers not to burn the stubble of wheat this time as burning of stubble not only harms the fertility of the land but also the environment. Currently, the burning of the veins caused by the Novel coronavirus can cause respiratory or lung diseases in the general public, which makes them more afraid of contracting a deadly disease like Covid-19.

He said that the duties of various officers have also been imposed in this regard and at the same time appealed to the general public to report any such case to their notice so that action could be taken against the culprits.

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