District Administration is working hard to prevent the stubble burning. Awareness drive on the issue is on. Despite repeated warnings those who violate the directions of State Government, punitive action would be taken, said Deputy Commissioner Mr. Girish Dayalan.
Cautioning against burning of paddy straw / agricultural residue, Deputy Commissioner said that the village level nodal officers as well as District Pollution Control officers would keep an eye on stubble burning activities. The punitive action against those violating stubble burning prohibition orders entails a fine of Rs. 2,500 to Rs. 15000, said he.
The Deputy Commissioner said that no combine harvester can be deployed to harvest paddy without installing Super Straw Management System (SMS). Violation of these directives / orders will result in criminal proceedings against the violator under the provisions of the Air (Pollution and Prevention) Act, 1981 and may result in environmental compensation / fine for harming the environment. He said that this penalty could be Rs. 50,000 for first time violation, Rs. 75,000 for second time violation and Rs. 1,00,000 for third violation or each subsequent violation.
On this occasion the District Agriculture Department and Pollution Control Board, SAS Nagar appealed to the farmers, combine owners and operators not to set fire to the paddy. Full support be given to the district administration, agriculture department and Punjab Pollution Control Board and the combines should not be operated without the use of Super SMS.