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Implement Supreme Court order on bonus to farmers: Amarinder

Apex court ordered ₹100 per quintal to those who did not burn crop stubble

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday ordered the State Agriculture Department to work out the modalities for immediate implementation of the Supreme Court orders on providing financial assistance to small and marginal farmers who had not burnt any paddy straw.

Action against violators

The Chief Minister also ordered stringent action against violators of the ban on stubble burning, in compliance with the apex court’s directives on penalisation of such farmers, according to an official statement issued here.

Capt. Amarinder chaired a high-level meeting to discuss the implications of the Supreme Court orders which would put an additional burden on the cash-strapped State. Punjab is already reeling under fiscal problems in the GST regime. He stressed that the central government would have to support the State for a permanent solution of the problem.

Farmers who had refrained from burning paddy straw despite the financial problems they were facing needed to be given incentives and encouraged, Capt. Amarinder said, asking the Agriculture and Finance Departments to take immediate steps to ensure the implementation of the Supreme Court orders on providing compensation to such farmers.

He also asked the Finance Department to ensure requisite funds for the payment to farmers.

900 FIRs filed

Capt. Amarinder asked the police department to identify those who needed to be penalised for stubble burning, which had contributed to the severe air pollution in the State and neighbouring regions.

The meeting was informed that more than 900 FIRs had so far been registered against erring farmers, mostly in Muktsar and Bathinda, with some cases reported in Sangrur.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the governments of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to give an incentive of ₹100 per quintal within seven days to small and marginal farmers who have not burnt crop stubble. The burning of crop residue in the three States is stated to be responsible for 44% of the air pollution in the Delhi-NCR.

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