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Half of paddy harvested, SC relief order too late: Farmers


Half of paddy harvested, SC relief order too late: Farmers

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, November 7

The farming community has hailed the Supreme Court direction for payment of Rs 100 per quintal to small and marginal farmers who haven’t burnt paddy stubble, though at the same time they felt that the apex court’s move came a bit late, as more than half the crop has already been harvested.

Hardev Singh, a farmer from Naruana village in Bathinda, said, “It is a welcome step, but it would have been great had these directions come prior to the harvesting season. It would have certainly gone a long way in persuading the farmers not to resort to straw burning.”

Owning 15 acres, he also felt that the incentive should have been extended to all farmers, small or big. Balkaran Singh, another farmer, said, “I didn’t burn paddy stubble on my fields. However, I will now have to wait for the incentive of Rs 100 per quintal.”

A section of the farmers also felt that the incentive is inadequate. “Though we are thankful for directions regarding payment of Rs 100 per quintal, but it is not enough. We have been demanding at least Rs 200 and it should be extended to all, irrespective of whether it’s small or big farmer,” said Dharminder Pashore, a farmer leader from Pashore village in Sangrur.

Ranjit Singh, a farmer from Gurusar village in Muktsar, said, “Had the order come a month earlier, the number of stubble burn cases would have reduced drastically.”

BKU Ekta Ugrahan’s Bathinda unit chief Shangara Singh Mann said the incentive should ideally be Rs 200 per quintal otherwise the farmers having up to 5 acres can’t afford it. “The farmers don’t want to spread pollution, but they are forced to indulge in stubble burning, as the successive state governments have failed to implement the NGT directions for providing machinery to small farmers,” he added.

Jagmohan Singh, general secretary, BKU (Dakaunda), said, “Though it is not the final solution, it will be of help to poor and marginal farmers who are otherwise left with no alternative.”

Bir Dalvinder Singh of Patiala, who was honoured for managing paddy straw in an eco-friendly way recently said, “The SCorder is a good initiative. Registering cases against farmers is no solution.”

(With inputs from Parvesh Sharma, Archit Watts and Ravneet Singh)

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