DC asks SDMs to embark vigorous campaign through public announcements from religious places to sensitise people aware of the hazardous effects of the paddy straw burning

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Says farmers need to be made aware of irreparable damage caused to soil by this unhealthy practice
Jalandhar October 26 (Jaswinder Azad)- Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Mr Varinder Kumar Sharma today asked the Sub Divisional Magistrates to vigorously embark a campaign through public announcements from religious places to sensitise the people aware of the hazardous effects of the paddy straw burning.
Presiding over a meeting of the Sub Divisional Magistrates here at District Administrative Complex today, the Deputy Commissioner said that all out efforts need to be made for ensuring that no incidence of paddy straw burning takes place in the district. He said that the massive awareness campaign must focus on showcasing the ill-effects of the straw burning to the farmers, so that they should not refrain from this menace. Mr Sharma said that through public announcements from religious places the focus must be laid on ensuring that farmers understand about the seriousness of this issue.
Underlining the thrust area of the campaign, the Deputy Commissioner said that the farmers must be made to realise that the burning of paddy straw causes irreparable damage to soil health besides harming the friendly insects and killing several micronutrients of soil. He said that the burning of paddy straw also poses danger to human health as a massive surge was seen in cases of breathing problem especially amongst the children and old age people. Mr Sharma said that farmers must be made to made to realise that this harmful practice was a main danger for human life and environment.
The Deputy Commissioner further said that farmers must avail maximum benefit from the huge subsidies being offered by the state government on hi-tech machinery for paddy straw management. He said that in-situ management of straw should be encouraged as it enhances soil health thereby immensely benefiting the farmers.
On the occasion Additional Deputy Commissioner Mr Jasbir Singh, Sub Divisional Magistrates Mr Paramveer Singh, Mr Amit Kumar, Ms Navneet Kaur Bal, Mr Varinder Pal Singh Bajwa and Mr Sanjeev Sharma, District Revenue Officer Mr Jashanjit Singh, District Mandi Officer Mr Varinder Khera, Environmental Engineer PPCB Mr Arun Kakkar and others were also present.

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