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Farmers protest FIRs over straw burning


Farmers protest FIRs over straw burning

Archit Watts
Tribune News Service
Muktsar, November 6

As the state government is registering criminal cases against farmers burning paddy stubble in their fields, the growers today started indefinite protest demanding cancellation of all cases here today.

The farmers had yesterday gheraoed the Muktsar (Sadar) police station for over an hour. Today they started the protest outside the police station.

The protesters alleged that the state government had failed to provide any permanent solution to the problem. “There is shortage of stubble management machines and the government too knows the fact, but still the farmers are being booked. Had it been the time of any election, no one would have dared to lodge even a single case,” they said.

At least 82 criminal cases have been registered in Muktsar district in the past three days and 10 farmers arrested for burning paddy stubble. Further, 331 challans too have been issued for air pollution and penalty of Rs 8.45 lakh imposed on farmers in the district. However, farmers continue to burn stubble.

Meanwhile, officials of the Agriculture Department appealed to the farmers to make compost of the paddy stubble by using a special capsule prepared by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI).

Dr Loveleen Shukla, microbiologist from IARI, said, “The capsule is very helpful in making compost from paddy stubble. It can be used on the stubble left in the field or by digging the land and making a pit. The compost gets ready within 10-15 days if the capsule mixed in water is sprayed on the stubble in the field.”

A demonstration on the capsule was also given at Rahurianwali village here recently.


Nambardar, panch face heat for farm fire

Faridkot: The Faridkot DC on Tuesday ordered the suspension of a nambardar as he indulged in stubble burning. While nambardar Ranjit Singh was duty-bound to dissuade other farmers from burning stubble, but he himself burnt the stubble in his farm at Fatehgarh village of Jaito subdivision, said DC Kumar Saurav Raj. Besides, an elected panch in Fatehgarh village is also accused of burning stubble. “I have written to the Director, Rural Development and Panchayat Department, to take necessary action against panch Malkit Singh for violating the prohibitory orders,” said the DC. TNS

‘Allow use of MPLAD funds to buy machines’ 

Chandigarh: Union Minister Harsimrat Badal on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to allow MPs to use the Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) funds to help farmers in their constituencies for buying machines to dispose of crop residue. In a letter to the PM, Harsimrat said one of the major reasons for unabated stubble burning across north India was the high cost of machines, which poor farmers could not afford. She said though a Central scheme provided subsidy to incentivise farmers not to burn residue, the machines provided was much less than needed. TNS

Stop registering cases: BKU (Ekta) to govt

Moga: Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta) president Joginder Singh Ugrahan and general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokri on Wednesday warned the state government to refrain from registering criminal cases against the farmers for burning paddy straw, otherwise they will launch a statewide agitation and gherao the officials responsible for registering the cases. The farm activists alleged that the state government was running away from its responsibilities of providing free machinery and technical inputs to the small and marginal farmers to manage paddy stubble. He said, “Since the government is running away from its responsibilities, we are looking into legal options and will soon file a contempt of court petition against the state government for defying the NGT orders and implementing it partially.” TNS

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