Farmers can’t give up stubble burning completely, says Amarinder Singh

The Punjab CM has been pressing hard for intervention of the Centre to convene a meeting of chief ministers of affected states along with Union ministers for agriculture, food and environment to find out long-term solution to stubble burning issue.

By: PTI | Chandigarh | Published: November 15, 2017 5:33 pm
Amarinder Singh says stubble burning can't be stopped The Punjab CM has refused to meet Kejriwal after the latter sought a meeting with him in Chandigarh. (File)

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday said “farmers cannot be expected to give up crop residue burning completely”, till the time they are provided viable solutions. The statement comes on a day when Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar to discuss air pollution and stubble burning.

Asserting that a long-term solution was needed to arrest the problem of crop residue burning, the Punjab chief minister said the state government was looking for affordable solutions for this problem.

Notably, farmers of Punjab and Haryana have been blamed for the rising air pollution level in northern states including Delhi triggered by their stubble burning.

“We are engaged in spreading awareness among farmers on the need to stop burning the stubble, not just for the sake of others but also for their own sake, as they are the worst affected by the air pollution triggered by such burning.

“However, till we are able to offer them viable solutions, we cannot really expect them to completely give up burning crop residue since it’s a matter of their livelihood and survival,” Amarinder Singh told PTI in an interview.

The Punjab CM has refused to meet Kejriwal after the latter sought a meeting with him in Chandigarh.

He urged the AAP national convener to refrain from trying to “politicise” such a serious issue.

Amarinder Singh said he failed to understand why the Delhi chief minister was trying to force his hand, knowing well that any such discussion on the issue would be “meaningless and futile”.

The Punjab CM has been pressing hard for intervention of the Centre to convene a meeting of chief ministers of the affected states along with the Union ministers for agriculture, food and environment to find out a long-term solution to stubble burning issue.

Amarinder Singh had even suggested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to give a bonus of Rs 100 per quintal as an incentive to farmers so they can manage the crop residue scientifically.

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    drbcp
    Nov 15, 2017 at 8:51 pm
    SC should step in to make sure that,Panjab CM make alternative arrangement for stubble disposal or quit the post.
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    1. Pawar Ajith
      Nov 15, 2017 at 8:31 pm
      Moron. Illiterate person. Try to adapt modern methods and do not just follow old practices. In south india, stubble burning is very less. They have changed. Why north indians can not change. I think education makes the difference.
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        Virendra Patil
        Nov 15, 2017 at 6:26 pm
        In Maharashtra the farmers have given up stubble burning, then what is the problem for the farmers in Punjab? It is only lack of will power. Over the years, Indians have adopted so many "modern" methods, like high breed seeds etc. then why are they bent on burning the stubble, which is a valuable resource. Burning is not only polluting the air, but is also depleting other important nutrients.
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