As part of its multi-pronged strategy to check this menace of stubble burning, the Punjab government has now issued another instruction warning to government officials of various government/semi-government departments against burning straw in their own fields or face the ‘disciplinary action’ as per service rule in case of a violation.
Also, elected members of Panchyats across the state have been instructed to take a pledge against burning of straw in their respective fields and to stop fellow villagers from burning stubble.
The government has also directed POWERCOM officials and the Patwaris to be in their field area to keep an eye on farmers as well as the ‘numberdars’ (the village headman) indulging in this menace. They have been told to inform concerned officials immediately about any burning incident. These instructions have come in view of an earlier notification by Punjab government banning the burning of crop residue, and also orders issued by the National Green Tribune (NGT) on October 12, 2015 to the same effect. The latest order against stubble burning issued by Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) on Saturday mentions government employees in corporations, boards and autonomous bodies.