Punjab witnesses decline in straw burning this year

The Fact News Service

Chandigarh, October 31

Punjab Chief Secretary Mrs. Vini Mahajan, on Saturday, said that the state has witnessed a decline in straw burning incidents this year as 5 per cent less stubble burning area have been reported this year in the state with the effective in-situ and ex-situ management of crop residue and concerted efforts to sensitize the farmers put in by the Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh led state Government.

            During a virtual meeting with the senior officers, all the Deputy Commissioners and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSPs) here, the Chief Secretary expressed satisfaction over the effective steps taken by the state government to end the hazardous practice of residue burning. Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan directed the officials to further intensify the efforts to eradicate the menace. She pointed out that as many as 137.89 lakh MT of paddy has been arrived in the mandis of the state so far, which is 33 per cent higher than the previous year.

            Instructing all the Deputy Commissioners and SSPs regarding the problem of crop residue burning, the Chief Secretary said that the district administration should enforce the instructions strictly to ensure zero stubble burning in coming days though the incidents of burning of straw have been less so far as compared to last year.  Total straw burning area this year is 7.49 lac hectare as compare to 7.90 lac hectare last year till date, which is 5.23 percent less. 336 less cases of straw burning have been reported in a single day so far this year as compared to last year, while the arrival of paddy is 33 per cent higher.