Despite awareness programmes and warnings from the state government, farmers from 65 villages of Banaga sub-division in Nawanshahr have vowed to burn stubble in the fields only unless the government provides them incentives and stubble management machinery. Eleven-member village-level committees are bring formed in these villages to burn stubble collectively so that no farmer can be singled out and booked by the government.
The farmers gathered at a gurdwara in village Sandhwan on Monday where they passed a resolution on burning the straw collectively in the fields. They also demanded that either government support them by providing machinery or compensate them with Rs 5,000 per acre.
Budh Singh Blakipur of Banga, a former chairman of market committee who was leading farmers, said they had already formed 11-member committees in several villages and other villages would also be covered in a day or two. “We are being threatened that we would be booked and fined if we go burn stubble. If government wants us to implement the ban, it should provide all the machinery to farmers as small farmers cannot afford these which cost lakhs of rupees,” he said.