Punjab: Farmers continue to burn stubble in Jalandhar district

Jalandhar (Punjab) [India], Nov 10 (ANI): Farmers continue to burn stubble on Nakodar Phillaur Highway at Barwalla village in the district as on Sunday.

This is despite the state government taking strict measures against the rising cases of stubble burning in Punjab.

"The owner of the field has ordered us to burn the stubble. It is out of compulsion that we have to burn stubble as we have no other way to dispose the farm remains. The government has not given us machines. They are not giving anything to the farmers so what could we do?" Mangal Singh, a farmer told ANI.

The Ludhiana District Administration had on November 6 arrested 22 farmers and registered 45 FIRs against farmers in an attempt to contain stubble burning and bring the level of pollution under control.

Earlier, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on November 6 said that Punjab government will implement the order of the Supreme Court directing Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to give incentives for small and marginal farmers who shun stubble-burning.

Burning crop residue in the fields of Punjab has been a major reason for the rise of pollution in Haryana, Delhi-NCR and Punjab regions, leading to a thick layer of smog in the areas earlier this month. (ANI)