Now, vans to educate farmers against ill effects of stubble burning in Punjab.
The SAS Nagar deputy commissioner Daljit Singh Mangat flagged off four ‘environment awareness vans’, to be operated by the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), to sensitise the farmers about the ill effects of stubble burning on human as well as environmental health of the state on Thursday.
Mangat appealed to the farmers to desist from burning the paddy residue as it has posed a major threat to ecological balance of the state and posed concerning health and environmental problems.
“The farmers should adopt new techniques developed by the agricultural scientists for whom the state government provides 50% subsidy,” he added.
Mangat called upon the departments concerned to be more vigilant and take stern action against the erring persons.
PPCB environmental engineer, Surinder Singh Matharu, said that under this state wide campaign against stubble burning, the board will operate two vans in every district during the ongoing paddy season to create awareness among farmers by specially designed audio package based on Gurbani and Punjabi folk idiom.
These vans will reach every nook and corner of the state, including fields, to deliver the message directly to the farmers who are indulging in the practice of stubble burning, he said.
The Supreme Court designated Environment Protection Control Authority (EPCA) has directed Punjab and Haryana governments last week to chalk out a comprehensive programme to achieve the target of zero tolerance towards stubble burning.