Punjab CM Amarinder writes to Modi, seeks bonus to check stubble burning
In his letter, Amarinder said the bonus would be given to only those farmers who manage paddy residue or stubble without burning it, an official spokesman said here today.punjab Updated: Jul 06, 2017 20:23 IST
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh has written to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking a bonus of Rs 100 per quintal on paddy, in addition to its minimum support price (MSP), as an incentive to dissuade farmers from burning the crop’s residue.
In his letter, Amarinder said the bonus would be given to only those farmers who manage paddy residue or stubble without burning it, an official spokesman said here today.
Amarinder pointed out in his letter that he had made this request earlier also as a measure to compensate farmers for the additional burden of managing paddy residue.
Though the MSP for paddy had been increased by Rs 80 per quintal for Kharif-2017, the hike was not adequate to meet the additional cost of cultivation in terms of seeds and fertilizers, leave alone the extra expense of residue management, the chief minister said.
A spokesman said, the MSP of paddy for the 2016-17 fiscal is fixed at Rs 1,470 for common grade and Rs 1,510 for A-grade varieties, a spokesman said.
Stubble burning is a major issue in the paddy cultivating regions and is currently under adjudication in the National Green Tribunal, the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court of India, he said.
Acting on the various directives issued by the courts, the Punjab government has already initiated steps to check stubble burning, including grant of subsidy on purchase of agriculture machinery for crop residue management, he said.
The use of this machinery puts an additional burden of around Rs 3,000 per acre on the farmers, he added.