DC flags off Environment Awareness Vans to educate farmers against stubble burning

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PPCB launches state wide campaign to curb the menace

SAS Nagar, October 13: The SAS Nagar Deputy Commissioner Mr. Daljit Singh Mangat today flagged off four ‘Environment Awareness Vans’ to be operated by the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) to sensitise the farmers about the ill effects of stubble burning on human as well as environmental health of the State.

On the occasion, Mr. Mangat appealed to the farmers to desist from burning the paddy residue as it has posed a major threat to ecological balance of the State causing major health and environmental problems. The farmers should adopt new techniques developed by the agricultural scientists for which the State Government provides 50 percent subsidy, he added. Mr. Mangat called upon the departments concerned to be more vigilant and take stern action against the erring persons.

The PPCB Environmental Engineer Mr. Surinder Singh Matharu said  under this state wide campaign launched from today against stubble burning,  the PPCB would  operate two ‘Environment Awareness Vans’ in every district  during the ongoing paddy season to create awareness among farmers by specially designed audio package based on Gurbani and Punjabi folk idiom. These vans will reach every nook and corner of the State including fields to deliver the message direct to the farmers who are indulging in the practice of stubble burning, he said.

It is pertinent to mention here that the  Supreme Court designated Environment Protection Control Authority has directed Punjab and Haryana governments in meeting held in the last week at Chandigarh to chalk out the comprehensive program to achieve the target of zero tolerance to the menace stubble burning.

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