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Oct 13, 2017 02:02 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Stubble burning: Punjab govt asked to produce 21 farmers before green tribunal

The Punjab government had said that it had adopted the farmers from the “model village” of Kalar Majri in Patiala district and given them infrastructure and required incentives.

Stubble burning: Punjab govt asked to produce 21 farmers before green tribunal
Farmers sit beside heaps of wheat at a grain market in Chandigarh

The National Green Tribunal on Wednesday asked the Punjab government to bring before it 21 farmers who were given incentives and infrastructural facilities by the government to prevent them from burning crop residue.

The farmers were asked to be present in the NGT court before October 13.

NGT had banned crop burning citing air pollution in the Delhi-NCR region.

“SHO, Kalar Majri, Punjab, is directed to ensure all 21 farmers referred to by the state government should be produced before the Tribunal on October 13, 2017,” the order by a bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

The Punjab government had said that it had adopted the farmers from the “model village” of Kalar Majri in Patiala district and given them infrastructure and required incentives.

Meanwhile, farmers from across the state had gathered outside the NGT premises once again to convey their grievances against the state government and its inaction, The Indian Express reported.

The choice of this village for “adoption” has been questioned by the farmers of Bharatiya Kisan Union-Rajewal faction, who have been protesting against the NGT over the last two weeks. They say the village has only 60 farming families.

The bench was also upset with the actions of the government. “You think you have no obligation to anyone on this earth. Why are you projecting this as a fight between the government and the farmers? It is as if their (farmers’) children don’t need fresh air, and nor do you,” the bench had said.

On Wednesday, the NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar had called on the state for not taking action. Earlier this month too, the government had rapped the Punjab government for not giving the farmers required incentives.

Meanwhile, the farmers in Punjab’s Sungrur burned the residue in their fields to protest against the state. “The government must give us a subsidy if they want us to stop,” ANI quoted them as saying.
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