Chandigarh, November 19
The state government today appealed to farmers to refrain from burning stubble in view of the deteriorating air quality in the National Capital Region.
It said air pollution caused respiratory diseases and cancer, and affected the soil quality. A spokesperson for the Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare said the government gave 50 to 80 per cent subsidy on the machinery for crop residue management. “If any farmer burns stubble, he can be booked under Section 188 of the IPC.”
Farmers could call up toll-free number 1800-180-2117 for more information related to stubble management machinery, the spokesperson added.