Patiala District Administration Registers 15 Cases Against Farmers for Burning Paddy Stubble

1,21,360 MT of Grain Reaches Patiala Market, 1,16,317 MT Procured

Patiala, October 10

The Patiala district administration has registered 15 cases against farmers for burning paddy stubble, which is a serious environmental hazard. The administration has also warned farmers that they will face strict action if they continue to flout the ban on stubble burning.

Meanwhile, 1,21,360 metric tonnes of grain have reached the Patiala market to date, of which 1,16,317 tonnes have been procured.

Deputy Commissioner Sakshi Sawhney said that the district administration has made requisite machinery available for the management of stubble, and urged farmers to use it instead of burning the stubble. She also warned that the administration will take strict action against farmers who violate the ban on stubble burning.

The Punjab Remote Sensing Centre (PRSC) has reported fire incidents at 75 locations in the district. The Sub-Divisional Magistrates (SDMs) have visited 50 of these locations and observed no residue crop burning at 35 locations. Till now, 15 FIRs have been registered against farmers for burning stubble, and the administration has imposed fines in the amount of Rs 35,000 against them.

Officials said they have made red entries in the revenue records of 12 farmers already. The district administration is also sending fire brigades to deal with the fire incidents.

The district administration has started collecting information regarding the required machinery for the management of paddy stubble. The DC, Sakshi Sawhney, said the information was being collected from the WhatsApp Chat bot and from farmers upon their arrival at the grain markets. She also said that the administration is enlightening the farmers about stubble management.

The SDM, Ismat Vijay Singh, visited Fatehpur, Indrapura, Ablowal, Faridpur, and Paharpur villages as part of the administration’s efforts to educate farmers about stubble management.

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