Centre tells governments of four states to strive for zero stubble burning

Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar reviewed the preparedness of states for management of stubble burning.

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Stubble burning is a key activity that farmers take up after harvesting of paddy to prepare the ground for sowing of the wheat crop. (File photo: PTI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The advisory has been issued to Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and National Capital Territory of Delhi.
  • The states have been directed to utilise Rs 600 crore made available to them this fiscal.
  • The minister said the Centre and the concerned states should jointly evolve a long-term plan to achieve the goal.

The Centre has asked the state governments of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and National Capital Territory of Delhi to strive for zero stubble burning in the near future.

Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Shri Narendra Singh Tomar reviewed the preparedness of states for management of stubble burning--a key activity that farmers take up to prepare the ground for the sowing of the wheat crop around the time winter sets in.

"The concerned states must effectively utilize Rs 600 crore made available to them this fiscal to achieve the desired goals," said Tomar at the review meeting.

"States need to ensure effective utilization of 2.07 lakh machines that have already been supplied in the last four years," said the minister.

Tomar added the Centre and the concerned states should jointly evolve a long-term plan and must undertake multi-pronged activities to achieve the target of zero stubble burning within a specified time-frame.

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