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Punjab govt harassing farmers in the name of stubble burning, accuses AAP

The party said it will submit memorandums to the deputy commissioners of each district in the state to seek stoppage of undue harassment of farmers

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Farmers resort to stubble burning in protest against prohibition orders

Punjab's main opposition party today accused the of "harassing" farmers in the name of stubble burning.

The party said it will, on October 16, submit memorandums to the deputy commissioners at each district in the state to seek stoppage of alleged undue harassment of farmers.


"MLAs and other office bearers will submit memorandum representations to the deputy commissioners concerned throughout on Monday for stopping the undue harassment of farmers by the in the name of stubble burning," said party state co-president Aman Arora in a statement here.

A meeting of MLAs and office bearers was held in the presence of party state president Bhagwant Mann and co-president Arora here yesterday in this regard.

The issue of alleged harassment of farmers by the in the name of the Green Tribunal (NGT) orders on stubble burning was discussed thoroughly, Arora said.

He accused the of failing to perform its duty and was now "forcing the farmers to save the skin".

"As per the orders of NGT, the para 14 clause 'C' clearly states that harvesting, transportation and proper utilisation of the crop residue is the primary responsibility of the state

"In case, the is not able to do so then it has to pay the compensation to the farmers as per the land holding," Arora said

He said, "The clause 'H' of the same order says that the state will provide machines, mechanism and equipments to farmers for the purpose of destroying agricultural residue".

Arora said the was concerned about air pollution caused by stubble burning but it should not be an excuse to harass the already indebted farmers of the state.

"Farmers are already committing suicides in the state and the number of suicides is increasing by the day. The must focus on providing relief to the farmers rather than accusing them for its own failure," he said.

The leader also demanded that VAT on diesel and petrol must be reduced as was done by governments in Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat.

First Published: Sat, October 14 2017. 17:54 IST
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