CAPT AMARINDER WRITES TO PM REITERATING DEMAND FOR STUBBLE MANAGEMENT COMPENSATION FOR FARMERS
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Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reiterating his request for Rs.100 per quintal as compensation to farmers for management of paddy straw.
The compensation should be given only to those farmers who refrain from burning paddy residue, he wrote in his D.O letter to the prime minister.
The task of achieving zero stubble burning in the state was not only a herculean one but also puts the additional financial burden on the farmers, the Chief Minister pointed out, adding that despite strict control measures, nearly 15 million MTs of paddy straw was being burnt in the state annually.
Listing some of the initiatives taken by his government to curb the menace, the Chief Minister said farmers were being provided subsidized equipment for in-situ management of crop residue. In addition, individual farmers and Custom Hiring Centers are also making huge investments in providing equipment for crop residue management.