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Kids, senior citizens most affected due to stubble burning: Amritsar docs

The people, especially children and senior citizens, suffering from respiratory problems, are most affected due to the burning of paddy stubble in the fields by farmers, feel doctors.

punjab Updated: Oct 20, 2016 14:33 IST
HT Correspondent
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Stubble burning rampant despite ban in Amritsar.(HT File Photo)

The people, especially children and senior citizens, suffering from respiratory problems, are most affected due to the burning of paddy stubble in the fields by farmers, feel doctors.

The administration has banned stubble burning in fields but the farmers continue with the practice in most areas of the district.

People with respiratory disorders tend to develop major problems due to continuous burning of stubble due to the smoke emanating from it.

Dr Prahlad Duggal, an ENT specialist, said, “People, especially kids, tend to face the burnt as soot particles tend to get accumulated in the lower environment, and aggravates the respiratory problems.”

“These days, respiratory disorders and allergies have become very common, and stubble burning plays an important part, even the festival season contributes to the aggravation of these problems,” added Dr Duggal.

“The administration as well the government must take stern steps to change the situation and implement the laws properly,” added Duggal.

Stubble burning produces soot and it affects lungs, leading to a number of respiratory diseases, he said.

“There has always been a rise in the number of people suffering from asthma and other disorders during the months of stubble burning,’ said district TB (tuberculosis) officer Dr Naresh Chawla.

Dr Ranbir Singh Pannu, an eye specialist, said, “There are many allergies that occur in these stubble burning months, people tend to develop eye problems as well.”

Agriculture development officer Gurdip Singh said that the agriculture department is already taking measures to curb the problem and creating awareness regarding the dire consequences of the practice.

“Besides, we are advising the farmers to dispose of the paddy stubble through recommended techniques. But, still some farmers continue to burn it and they needed to be stopped.”