As Delhi NCR continues to remain under a thick blanket of smog, the focus is once again back on the stubble burning in neighbouring Punjab and Haryana.
Despite the National Green Tribunal and the Supreme Court banning it, stubble burning has been continuing in both the states, unchecked. After being pulled up by the NGT, the Haryana government has stepped up action against farmers indulging in stubble burning.
According to Haryana Environment Minister Vipul Goyal, authorities have booked over 1,000 farmers and imposed a fine of nearly Rs 12 lakh on them.
“Given the air pollution from stubble burning, the Pollution Control Board has started a statewide campaign. Under this till now, 1,011 farmers have been identified for burning stubble across the state. The department has filed police cases as well as imposed fines on them,” he said.
He said cases have been filed against 227 farmers who were caught by the Pollution Control Board and 454 farmers have been slapped fine of over Rs 11.89 lakh.
“Not only paddy, burning the residue of any crop is harmful to the environment. It is not only deteriorating the environment but also reducing the fertility of the lands of farmers,” the minister said.
Source of news : Indiatimes