Farmers in Punjab's Bathinda burn stubble, say not left with any other choice

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Bathinda (Punjab) [India], October 14 (ANI): Farmers in Punjab’s Bathinda have started burning stubble, saying they are not being given the 50 per cent subsidy as directed by the state government in September.

Speaking to ANI on Wednesday, Ram Singh, a farmer, said, “We were left with no option but to burn stubble as the state government has not provided us with the 50 per cent subsidy announced in September. We have spent around 5,000-6,000 for this. Have spent Rs. Burn this stubble on our own and the Punjab government has not given any compensation.”

Singh further said that the time has come for sowing of winter crops, so they should burn this stubble.

Speaking about rising air pollution, Singh said, “Many places are very polluted. Vehicles, factories and other things also increase air pollution. No one is saying about those things, then we need to spread air pollution. Why are you being blamed?”

“We also have a family that can be affected by air pollution too. But we have no other option. And burning so much stubble is the only reason for increasing pollution,” he said.

Another farmer Ravinder Singh said that if the government takes any legal action against him, they will remind him about the compensation announced earlier.

Earlier in September, the Punjab government had taken innovative steps to tackle stubble burning that causes air pollution.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has repeatedly blamed stubble burning in the states of Punjab and Haryana for air pollution in the national capital.

In September this year, the Center approved machinery needed for in-situ management of crop residues with an aim to address air pollution in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) due to stubble burning in the adjoining states of Punjab. 496 crore has been released. , Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Union Agriculture Ministry Secretary Sanjay Agarwal had informed that the Center has released Rs 496 crore to Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Punjab to subsidize machinery required for in-situ management of crop residue during 2021-22. Huh. (ANI)

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