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Saturday, November 2, 2019

42 farmers booked, 36 more fined in Moga


42 farmers booked, 36 more fined in Moga

Tribune News Service

Moga, November 1

On the complaints of various teams constituted by the district administration to ensure that farmers don’t burn stubble, the police on Friday booked 42 farmers for using reapers and setting paddy residue on fire in different villages of the district.

A total of 42 First Information Reports (FIRs) were registered under Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at six police stations. As per the information, 13 farmers were booked at Badhni Kalan police station, 13 at Nihal Singh Wala, seven at Dharamkot, four at Ajitwal, three at Mehna and two at Kot-ise-Khan police station.

The district administration has also started the process to mark “red entry” in the girdawari of the land of the farmers booked by the police for burning the paddy residue so that violators don’t get the benefit of any government schemes and subsidies.

On the other side, the Punjab Pollution Control Board and Agriculture Department continued the challaning drive by fining 36 more farmers, who were found burning the paddy stubble in the district. The PPCB has fined a total of 70 farmers till Friday.

Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Hans informed that the district administration had constituted 20 teams, which were keeping vigil in every village to ensure that farmers don’t set their farms on fire.

Chief Agriculture Officer (CAO) Dr Balwinder Singh and Plant Protection Officer Dr Jaswinder Brar said a watch was being kept on stubble-burning and no farmer would be spared if they burn paddy residue.

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