The district administration has finally woken up to the issue of paddy straw burning in the district and booked two farmers, after the media highlighted the issue.
Following deputy commissioner Arshdeep Singh Thind's directions, Sangrur sub-divisional magistrate Anita Darshi visited Badrukhan, Bahadurpura and Kammomajra villages here and directed the Sunam deputy superintendent of police (DSP), Sangrur (sadar) SHO and Badrukhan police post in-charge to register cases against farmers who burnt paddy stubble in their fields.
Following the directions of the SDM, who was accompanied by the officers of pollution control board, Badrukhan police post in-charge booked farmers Amar Singh hand Hardev Singh of Bahadarpura.
With the ban by Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) on burning of paddy straw in the state, violators are supposed to be booked under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act. But, the section under which these two farmers have been booked were not mentioned in the press note issued by the district public relations department.