Stubble burning incidents have dipped by 30 per cent in Haryana as compared to last year, government has claimed.
Member secretary of Haryana State Pollution Control Board, S Narayanan, said on Monday that 3,700 active fire locations have been detected during paddy harvest season from September 25 to October 27 as compared to 5,109 during the same period last year.
“Harvesting is already over in most of the areas. Next two weeks, however, will be crucial in a few, especially Fatehabad and Sirsa districts, which contribute for most of the stubble-burning cases,” said Narayanan.
Narayanan added that during the current season, the officials have challaned 975 farmers and imposed a penality of Rs 8 lakh on them. Two FIRs have also been registered.
Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department Additional Director Suresh Gahlawat said that the government has already spent Rs 108 crore out of total budget of Rs 220 crore to check the stubble burning in Haryana during the current financial year. This budget is used to create awareness among the farmers and give subsidy to enable them to purchase agriculture implements to process crop residue. Under the government’s subsidy scheme, the farmer groups may set up a bank of machines, Custom Hiring Centres, for others.
A government spokesperson said that paddy had been sown on 13 lakh hectares in Haryana. “Till October 25, harvesting had taken place on 10 lakh hectares and burning of paddy stubble had been reported only on 6,200 hectares. It means 99 out of 100 farmers in Haryana have not burnt paddy stubble during the current harvesting season. The total number of paddy growing farmers in Haryana is 7 lakh,” he had said on October 25.