Bihar News: The government decided on to identify farmers who engage in this practise and post their names at the block offices due to the increasing air pollution caused by burning agricultural residue, officials said on Saturday.
They claimed that in addition to naming and shame, orders have been issued to take action against these farms in accordance with CrPC section 133, which addresses unlawful obstruction or disturbance.
Strict warning to farmers:
“The state government has banned crop residue burning to check air pollution and protect the fertility of the soil. It has issued a strict warning to farmers that if they indulge in stubble burning, financial assistance and subsidies under government schemes would be denied,” Agriculture Minister Kumar Sarvjeet told PTI.
“The state offers electricity to farmers at a cheaper rate, and diesel at subsidised prices, among others. Therefore, farmers must take the matter seriously for the benefit of the people and also the environment,” he further added.
According to officials, a meeting presided over by Chief Secretary Amir Subhani also resolved to post the names of farmers who had previously faced punishment for burning crop residue at the block offices.
The decisions were made, according to Devendra Kumar Shukla, head of the Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB), to dissuade farmers from burning their stubble and endangering the environment.
Measures to discourage farmers from burning crop residues:
“The state government has taken several measures to discourage farmers from burning crop residues. The state government has undertaken awareness campaigns, and giving subsidies to farmers on various farm equipment,” he said.
He said, “poor air quality has always remained a matter of concern in different cities of the state, especially during the winter.”
In April, the Agriculture Department penalised a number of farmers in the districts of Rohtas, Kaimur, Buxar, Nalanda, Gaya, and Patna for breaking crop residue burning regulations.
With 1,298 recorded instances, Rohtas had the highest number of these cases, followed by Kaimur (438 cases) and West Champaran (279 cases).