The Punjab government has instructed the staff of all agricultural boards, co-operations and related departments to ensure paddy crop stubble is not burned on lands owned and cultivated by them
K S Pannu, state nodal officer for anti-stubble burning campaign, Tuesday said the state government has issued instructions to all departments to ensure that they themselves do not take part in straw burning.
"The employees have been directed to create awareness among farmers about the ill-effects of stubble burning as it causes irreversible damage to nature and human health," he said.
In case any employee fails to comply with these directions then disciplinary proceedings would be initiated, he said.
As part of the state government's programme to manage unusable paddy straw, without burning them, 24,315 subidised agro-machines have been supplied to farmers, cooperative societies and custom hiring centres, officials said.
About 8,000 village-level nodal officers have been deputed to create awareness against stubble burning, he said.
According to estimates, 15 million tonnes of paddy straw is burnt by farmers for easy clearance of the fields, he said.
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