Tough stance to be taken against stubble burning of wheat, paddy chaff

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 May 2017 11:27:23

By Piyush Shrivastava,

Indiscriminate stubble burning of leftover wheat and paddy straws cause widespread environment pollution and health problems. Burning of biomass in open also affects the life of animals, birds and other insects below and above the earth

TAKING stringent action against unfriendly act of burning leftover straws of wheat and paddy fields, the Environment Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh has issued strict orders. On violation of the orders, strict action would be taken against farmers under Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1981. The responsible person putting fire in the fields would be instantly punished with a heavy fine.

Collector Mahesh Chandra Choudhary informed that a notification pertaining to control air pollution in agricultural fields by burning leftover straws of wheat and paddy crops has been issued by Department of Environment, Agriculture Development and Farmers Welfare in consultation with Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board.

It may be mentioned that following indiscriminate burning of leftover straws, stubble in open fields after harvesting crops is causing widespread pollution in the whole State of Madhya Pradesh resulting in various kinds of environmental problems. It also causes health problems like respiratory diseases like bronchitis, asthma and others. The burning of biomass in open also affects the life of animals, birds and other insects below and above the earth. Simultaneously, it is the main reason behind poor visibility on roads and also
increases incidence of road accidents.

Collector further added that any person if found offending the restriction on burning of leftover straws after crop harvest would be liable to pay environmental compensation as per directions of National Green Tribunal. The small landholders having area less than 2 acres shall pay environmental compensation of Rs 2,500 per incidence. While land holders of 2 to 5 acres to pay Rs 5,000 and landholders having area above 5 acres have to pay environmental compensation.

For strict implementation of orders in the district, an extensive drive would be initiated. In this, the field staff of Agriculture Department, Revenue Department, Police Department the orders would be initiated. Cases would be filed on the basis of inquiry report of Patwaris or local police staff. Simultaneously, to make farmers aware about bad impact of burning leftover materials after crop harvest on environmental and health of living creatures, the programme would be clubbed with ongoing programmes of Agriculture Department and cleanliness drive in the district.