As Delhi reels under toxic air, stubble burning continues in Punjab
Jalandhar (Punjab ), Nov 4: Even as the air quality index in the national capital continues to deteriorate, farmers in various parts of Punjab are continuing to carry out stubble burning in their farms.
Speaking to ANI, Jamori Kisaan Sabha Tahesel President Kuldeep Singh said farmers are left with no option but to burn stubble. We only burn 10 per cent of the stubble which causes 5-7 per cent pollution. We are aware of the deteriorating air quality but we have no other choice. Our fields won't be ready for the cultivation of the next crop.
Another farmer, Harkamal Singh said, If the government wants us to stop the practice of stubble burning completely, they should provide us with stubble bonus of around Rs. 6,000 - 7,000 per acre.
Earlier on Thursday, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Harsh Vardhan had directed the officials from Punjab and Haryana to ensure strict action against incidents of stubble burning. He also held a review and action plan meeting to monitor the air quality with Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain.
After the conclusion of the meeting, the Union Minister, while addressing the media, said: Punjab and Haryana have been informed to take stricter and stringent action on stubble burning. To put a full stop on the practice a financial aid of Rs. 591 crore has already been provided.