Punjab Government Rewards Rs 2,500 Per Acre to 570 Farmers in Pathankot For Not Burning Stubble
File image of a Punjab farmer setting fire to his post-harvest crop | (Photo Credits: PTI)

Gurdaspur, November 15: Punjab government on Friday felicitated farmers from Pathankot for burning stubble. Deputy Commissioner of Pathankot Ramvir gave Rs 2500 per acre to these farmers. A total of 570 farmers were felicitated today for using stubble as fodder for their cattle. Speaking to reporters, Ramvir said, “We have decided to give Rs 2500 per acre to these farmers. There are 570 such farmers. I thank them all." Air Pollution in Delhi Rising Again Due to Stubble Burning, Says CM Arvind Kejriwal.

So far, Punjab government led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has disbursed over Rs 19.09 crore to 29,343 farmers for not burning stubble. These are non-basmati paddy cultivating small and marginal farmers. Secretary, Agriculture, Kahan Singh Pannu said that the amount of compensation had been released directly to the bank accounts of the farmers as per the list supplied by the field officers.

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According to reports, the state government has received as many as 85,000 till date as the last date for submission of these applications is November 30, 2019. Every application has to be verified by village panchayat and then by revenue authorities to ensure that only deserving farmers should get the benefit. Delhi Air Pollution: Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate Enveloped by Toxic Smog as AQI Slips to 'Severe' Category.

The decision comes after the Supreme Court order that farmers must be given compensation of Rs 100 per quintal or another amount to encourage them not to burn paddy stubble. The decision will benefit the farmers of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. The court had also directed the central and state governments to make machines available to small and marginal farmers to weed out paddy stubble without any cost.

Stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana is considered to be a major cause of increasing air pollution in Diwali during this time of the season. The air quality in Delhi continues to hover in the "severe" zone on Friday. According to the Air Quality Index (AQI) data, the major pollutants PM 2.5 and PM 10, are both at 500 (severe category), in Lodhi Road area. The visibility in Delhi also reduced drastically as thick blanket of smoke engulfed the national capital.

(With agency inputs)