Chandigarh : (zeeharyana.com/Sunita Sharma) In view of the orders given by the Supreme Court and National Green Tribunal, the Environment Department has taken a tough stance on cases of stubble burning. Given the air pollution from stubble burning, the Pollution Control Board has started a statewide campaign. Under this till now, 1011 farmers have been identified and marked burning stubble across the state. The department has filed police cases as well as imposed fines on them.
State Environment Minister Vipul Goel has appealed to farmers to not burn the remains of their crops. Over the past two or three days, there is a sudden increase in the air pollution. He stated that the government is following the orders of the Supreme Court. Till now, action on 1011 farmers has been taken. By November 4, 963 cases of stubble burning have been reported and by November 5, 48 cases have been noted.
FIR has been filed against 227 farmers in cases caught by the Pollution Control Board. Apart from this, 454 farmers were charged a fine of Rs 11,89,500. He also stated that other cases are also being probed. Vipul Goel said that burning the remains of crops is not a solution. The government has given many other options to the farmers to destroy the stubble.
The Environment Minister said that 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. He urged the farmers of the state to support the campaign being run by the state and central governments to save the environment. The degrading environment is a concern not only in the country, but worldwide, so it becomes a moral obligation of the farmers to be a part of this campaign.
Number of cases : Fatehabad :71, Jind : 48 , Kaithal : 137, Karnal : 310, Kurukshetra :184 , Sirsa : 172 ,
Panipat : 37 , Sonepat : 26 , Palwal : 15 , Yamunanagar : 4 , Panchkula : 6 Total cases :1011