26 C
New Delhi
Thursday 21 November 2019
India Stubble-burning: 22 farmers arrested, 45 FIRs lodged

Stubble-burning: 22 farmers arrested, 45 FIRs lodged

In Punjab, helpline number 0161-2404502 had been issued for complaints of stubble-burning; a farmer unable to dispose of the straw may call 9888674820


- Advertisment -

Subscribe to our newsletter

You will get all our latest news and articles via email when you subscribe

The email despatches will be non-commercial in nature
Disputes, if any, subject to jurisdiction in New Delhi

After the Supreme Court’s rebuke on burning stubble, inspectors in Punjab are getting their act together in curbing such cases. On Tuesday, district collector Pradeep Aggarwal and police commissioner Rakesh Aggarwal led their forces to crop fields to investigate the cases of stubble-burning following 45 cases registered against farmers by other residents of villages. As many as 22 farmers have been arrested.

The Punjab Pollution Control Board issued 13 challans (Indian English for official demands for penalty made by the police). Challans worth Rs 2 lakh have been issued for not using the straw management system (SMS) machine to dispose of the stubble.

In Haryana, a bailer (turns stubble into bales that can be sold in the market), a mulcher (turns the straw into mulch or manure) or a happy seeder (plants the next crop in the gaps between heaps of the remains) can be used to avoid burning the stubble. These machines are subsidised by both the state governments.

The district collector of Ludhiana said that 77 clusters had been prepared in his area to monitor the cases of burning of crop stubble. A big force of police and district administration officers have been deployed for the job.

Wherever a case comes up, instructions have been issued to immediately file a case against the farmer. The sarpanch of the village has been asked to keep a close watch on those who burn the stubble, as the Supreme Court has said in its instructions to hold the sarpanch responsible for the act.

Aggarwal said that a helpline number 0161-2404502 had been issued for complaints against those who burnt the stubble. This number works around the clock. Any person can file a complaint related to the burning of crop residue by dialling this number. If a farmer is facing a problem in managing the stubble, he can contact district agriculture officer Baldev Singh on mobile number 9888674820.

Stubble burning refers to the act of intentionally setting fire to the straw that remains after grains, like paddy, wheat, etc., have been harvested. While governments had made laws and rules to restrict stubble-burning in the 1990s, law-enforcement has left a lot to be desired since then. The burning, contrasted with alternatives such as ploughing the crop remains back into the ground or collecting it for industrial uses, has a number of consequences and effects on the environment:

  • Loss of nutrients in the soil
  • Pollution from smoke
  • Damage to electrical and electronic equipment from floating threads of conducting waste
  • Risk of the fire spreading out of control

Leave a Reply


Anil Ambani: From Status Of Tycoon To Insolvency

Study the career of Anil Ambani, and you will get a classic case of decisions you ought not take as a businessman and time you better utilise

तवलीन सिंह, यह कैसा स्वाभिमान?

‘जिस मोदी सरकार का पांच साल सपोर्ट किया उसी ने मेरे बेटे को देश निकाला दे दिया,’ तवलीन सिंह ने लिखा। क्या आपने किसी क़ीमत के बदले समर्थन किया?

Rafale: One Embarrassment, One Snub For Opposition

Supreme Court accepts Rahul Gandhi's apology for attributing to it his allegation, rejects the review petition challenging the Rafale verdict

Guru Nanak Jayanti: What First Sikh Guru Taught

While Guru Nanak urged people to 'nām japo, kirat karo, vand chhako', he stood for several values while he also fought various social evils

Muhammed Who Inconvenienced Muslims

Archaeologist KK Muhammed had earlier got on the nerves of the leftist intelligentsia for exposing their nexus with Islamic extremists
- Advertisement -


Sarma wants fresh NRC for Assam during pan-Indian exercise

Himanta Biswa Sarma had begun seeing flaws in the NRC exercise when the process had barely begun; he stood vindicated on 31 August

PMUDAY in 1,797 unauthorised colonies of Delhi

The application of PMUDAY does not, however, mean that the issues Delhi's unauthorised colonies face have all been addressed

JEE: Why no Bangla, asks CM; you opted out, reminds guv

The JEE used to be conducted in English alone for a long time. Then they added Hindi. This year, Gujarati is a regional language in which questions can be answered

NRC across India, says Shah; not in West Bengal, retorts Banerjee

Home Minister Amit Shah said the NRC exercise would be undertaken across India, but Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee wouldn't allow it in her State

CISF nabs Raja Babu-style ‘pilot’ during his 16th impersonation

Rajan Mahbubani, after being arrested by CISF and handed to Delhi Police, confessed he had a fetish for masquerading as various professionals

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you

For fearless journalism

%d bloggers like this: