Machines not enough to stop stubble burning in Punjab claims Punjab Govt

The Fact News Service

Bathinda, October 26

The rapid pace with which the leftover crop residue is being burnt in Punjab despite being provided a large number of machines under the crop residue management (CRM) is turning out to be a cause of concern for the state government.

The claims of various district administrations of various village panchayats passing resolutions against stubble burning are falling flat.

Within a month when paddy stubble burning had started, the field fires have recorded almost threefold increase when compared with previous year.

Under the central CRM scheme, Punjab government has till now provided 62,000 machines and has set up 17000 custom hiring centres. The Government had the target to provide the subsidy of Rs. 300 crore on 23,500 machines but so far 11,000 machines have been purchased.