The Fact News Service
Patiala, October 8
Sandeep Hans, Deputy Commissioner, Patiala while reviewing the ongoing campaign of straw management in the district, directed the officers of the concerned departments to make it a people’s movement by making aware them of ill effects of stubble burning and also appealed to the farmers of the district to adopt environment and human friendly techniques to manage paddy stubble and crop residue. He also asked the government employees, Panch- Sarpanches and Nambardars, Block Samiti and Zila Parishad members to set an example for others by not burning straw. He strictly asked to zero tolerance for burning of stubble in Panchayat lands.
During a review meeting, he said that the farmers should be sensitized at the village level for proper disposal of straw and an action plan should be prepared for the proper use of the machinery provided by the state on subsidised prices to the cooperative societies and group of farmers (Custom Hiring Centers) so that the machinery could be utilized to the maximum during the season.
The Deputy Commissioner directed the officers regarding the machinery to be procured through the cooperative societies to put up a booking register to ensure that the machinery could be made available to the farmers on time without any additional cost. He asked all the departments to work enthusiastically and vigorously for the disposal of straw so that the people could be saved from respiratory problems in this age of Covid. He also asked the Cooperative department and agriculture department officials to ensure that the agricultural implements available at the Cooperative Societies and Custom Hiring Centers were made available to the small and marginal farmers free of cost (excluding tractors).
Sandeep Hans asked the teams headed by SDMs to visit the villages to create awareness among the farmers as well as check the super SMS on the harvesters so that the operation of the combine harvesters without super SMS could be strictly stopped. He directed the agriculture officials to sensitise NGOs to run awareness vans, arrange lectures of progressive farmers during the camps, awareness vans including wall paintings and also to conduct essay writing, slogan and speech competitions in the schools to make the students more aware about the environment, so that every section of the society can be made aware of the ill effects of burning straw.
The Deputy Commissioner also asked the Deputy Director Animal Husbandry to work on the process of ensuring proper use of straw as fodder in the existing Gaushalas in the district. The Deputy Commissioner also asked the Chief Agriculture Officer to motivate the farmers to absorb the straw in the field itself.
During the meeting, Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Jaswinderpal Singh Grewal said that Agriculture Department has already organized 52 farmer awareness camps in Patiala district and 180 more camps would be organized at village level, 8 block level and 1 district level in the month of October. Apart from this 850 wall paintings are also being made to make the farmers aware about straw management.
In the meeting Assistant Commissioner (G) Jasleen Kaur Bhullar, Deputy Registrar Cooperative Societies Sarbeshwar Singh Mohi, Chief Agriculture Officer Dr Jaswinderpal Singh Grewal and other officers were present.