In Punjab, a record of incidents of stubble burning has been broken; why is this happening?

Stubble-burning incidents are on the rise. While doing so, the fertility of the fields is harmed. Punjab’s farmers are at the forefront of this issue. The question is, why hasn’t the government promoted the Pusa decomposer, which is the cheapest option for stubble disposal in the area? Between September 15 and November 6, this year, a total of 41463 places in six states were stubble burned, with Punjab accounting for 32,879 of them.

Following criticism, the invoice decision was made.

After widespread condemnation, the Pollution Control Board in that city has decided to reduce the challan of farmers who burn stubble. While farmer leaders assert that incidents of stubble burning must be stopped, farmers will be required to provide financial assistance. While farmer leaders assert that the incidents of stubble burning must be stopped, farmers will be required to provide financial assistance.

Haryana’s contribution is also significant. Satellite remote sensing is being used to track the occurrence of active fires caused by the burning of paddy residue. as stated by the central government. Stubble was burned in 4216 locations in Haryana, 1771 in UP, 264 in Rajasthan, and 2333 in MP between September 15 and November 6. In contrast, there has yet to be a single case in Delhi.

25% of the harvest has been completed.

According to the Indian Express, harvesting has been delayed by a week to ten days this year due to rain in the first week of October. So far, approximately 25% of the harvest has been completed in the state. By October 20th of last year, 35% of the harvesting had been completed. According to experts, stubble fires will increase as harvesting progresses because farmers will have to clear their fields for the next sowing, for which they will have very little time, and large-scale stubble management will be impossible. On Wednesday, the air quality index in Punjab ranged from ‘satisfactory’ to’ moderate,’ while the national capital had a poor AQI of 221.

In Punjab, a record of incidents of stubble burning has been broken; why is this happening?

The PPCB has imposed a fine of Rs 13.46 lakh as environmental compensation in 443 cases as of October 19, but only Rs 5,000 has been recovered from violators so far. In 174 cases, 131 of which occurred in the Patiala district. This year, because it is an election year in the state, no FIRs are being registered as in previous years, whereas cases were previously registered under various Acts such as the Air Act of 1981, Section 188 of the CrPC (disobedience to an order duly promulgated by a public servant), and so on.