Farmers blamed the government, said – other measures are expensive
Bathinda (EMS). Amidst rising air pollution in the capital Delhi and surrounding areas, farmers in Punjab have started burning stubble. There have been reports of stubble burning from Bathinda. Farmers say that they have not yet received 50 percent subsidy. In such a situation, they have no way but to burn the stubble. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is constantly citing stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana as the reason for the bad air in Delhi. Farmer Ram Singh said, “We are left with no option but to burn stubble as the state government has not provided us 50 per cent subsidy, which was announced in September. We ourselves have spent 5-6 thousand rupees in burning this stubble and the Punjab government has not given any compensation. He said that the time has come for sowing the crop. In such a situation, they will have to burn this stubble.
Regarding the increasing air pollution, he said, ‘Many places are very polluted. Vehicles, factories and other things also increase air pollution. No one is saying anything about them, so why are we being held responsible for spreading air pollution?’ “We also have a family, which can be affected by air pollution. But we don’t have any other option. And burning so much stubble is the only reason for increasing pollution.
On Wednesday, pictures of stubble burning were revealed from Deon village of Bathinda. Then a farmer said, ‘We do not want to burn stubble, but other methods are very expensive and it is not possible to use them economically.’ He said that imposing fines on farmers without giving measures will not work. Another farmer Ravindra Singh said that if the government takes any legal action against him, he will remind him of the compensation announced. In September, the Punjab government took new steps to tackle the problem of stubble burning. In September this year, the Center had released Rs 496 crore to subsidize machinery used in crop residue burning, to reduce pollution.