Haryana Government is concerned about the problem of smog in the National Capital of Delhi due to burning of residues of paddy crop in the fields.
Chandigarh November 9: Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr Om Prakash Dhankar has requested the Central Government that the labour under MNREGA may be allowed to be utilized for disposal of the paddy straw for a period of one month during this peak season.
In a Demi Official letter addressed to Union Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Mr Radha Mohan Singh and Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayti Raj, Mr Narender Singh Tomar, Mr Dhankar said that after getting the residue collected at an earmarked place in a village, Sarpanches of the villages may dispose of the material by supplying to the needy industrialists, power making small plants and brick Kilns. He said that the farmers should be provided an incentive at the time of purchase of paddy for the management of paddy straw.
He said that the State Government is concerned about the problem of smog in the National Capital of Delhi due to burning of residues of paddy crop in the fields which has covered the layer of environment thickly. He said that in Haryana, all possible steps have been taken for desisting the farmers from resorting to this paddy straw burning. A subsidy of Rs 75 crores for disposal of the residues, with an additional subsidy of Rs 10 crore for purchase of implements have been provided for paddy straw management. A large area measuring about 12.85 lakh hectare is under cultivation of paddy crop in the State, he added.