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Stubble burning goes unchecked

punjab Updated: Oct 28, 2012 20:28 IST
HT Correspondent

Stubble burning continues unchecked in the district as the administration has failed to tighten the noose on defaulters.

Deputy commissioner GK Singh has banned the burning of stubble under Section 144 of the IPC.

Instances of stubble burning have been reported from villages in the interiors of the district, with most urban villages observing the law. Farmers are burning the stubble at night in order to escape detection.

Jagjit, a farmer in Kalar Bheni village, said though agriculture department claimed to have created awareness on the ill-effects of stubble burning, but no alterative has been provided to the farmers.

"What can we do then, department talked about happy seeders as an alternative but failed to provide . Small land owners left with no option to burn stubble as they cannot afford to buy happy seeders," he said.

Deputy commissioner Gk Singh could not be contacted, despite several attempts.

Meanwhile, cases of Asthama, chest congestion and other chest diseases have started coming to local Rajindera Medical College and Hospital.

"We are receiving 6-7 cases of chest congestion and asthma owing to harmful smoke evoked during daily, due to stubble burning," said a senior doctor in the hospital.

Six cases registered in Sangrur
Following strict guidelines of DC Kumar Rahul, the local police have registered FIRs against six persons for the burning of stubble. Interestingly, all FIRs have been registered at the Bhiwanigarh police station. DC Rahul has given instructions for patrolling at night to ensure compliance of the ban on stubble burning.