Tribune News Sevice
Patiala, September 10
With lower than every week left for harvesting to start in Majha the place paddy was sown early, Punjab has appointed nodal officers on the village degree to examine stubble burning. They will report farm fires and take motion on the spot.
These officers can have a cell app that may ship dwell experiences for on-the-spot motion. The deputy commissioners of Sangrur, Barnala, Bathinda, Patiala, Tarn Taran, Muktsar and Ferozepur have been briefed on this regard, says Punjab Pollution Control Board member-secretary Karunesh Garg.
Experts warn that farm fires might start by mid-September, aggravating the Covid-19 state of affairs. Sources say a penalty of Rs 6 crore is but to be realised from erring farmers. Backed by unions, they refuse to deposit the high quality. The authorities had final yr introduced an incentive of Rs 2,500 per acre for not burning stubble. The scheme was dropped after a number of panchayats reported it was being ‘misused.’