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Punitive action against farmers over stubble burning not a solution: Punjab agriculture minister

During this period every year, incidents of stubble burning became very high, which led to high levels of pollution and poor air quality in several parts of the country, including the NCR.

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Chandigarh: During this period every year, incidents of stubble burning became very high, which led to high levels of pollution and poor air quality in several parts of the country, including the NCR. Every year, Delhi has to face black smog in the atmosphere during Diwali due to burning.

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Punjab agriculture minister Kuldeep Dhaliwal has assured that disciplinary actions won’t be taken against farmers who will be found responsible for stubble burning, because action won’t help. Farmers need government help and support.

It is unbelievable that several northern states are currently taking severe action against those farmers who are engaged in stubble burning. He said, “Punitive action will not work on farmers in Punjab. Booking them in cases will not help. This is a big issue. “We told small farmers we would help them with stubble,” Dhaliwal said.

He said the farmers could not afford machines. In this case, burning remains the only option for them.

Concerning the deterioration of air quality, he stated, “We have timing restrictions for Diwali, but not everyone will obey, but our figures are better than last year.”

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He said the government has been guiding people. “I am meeting NGOs, universities, and other leaders.”

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