NGT orders Punjab to prove it helped farmers

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday rapped the Punjab government for poor implementation of its order prohibiting stubble burning. It directed the state government to produce before it 21 farmers who it claimed were provided with incentives and alternatives to stop burning paddy straw.

“The SHO, Kallar-Majri, Punjab is directed to ensure all the 21 farmers referred to by the state government should be produced before the Tribunal on October 13, 2017,” the NGT bench headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar said.

The state counsel had informed the bench in the last hearing that they have adopted Kallar-Majri in Patiala district as a model village. The bench expressed its displeasure as nothing has been done about stubble burning despite the bench passing an order two years ago.

“For two years, we waited for you (Punjab) to comply with our direction. We asked you to come up with an action plan for at least one district… Can you produce a single farmer in entire Punjab before us and say that you have given him any kind of assistance?” the bench said.

It added, “You think you have no obligation to anyone on this earth. Why are you projecting this as a fight between government and farmers? It is as if their (farmers) children don’t need fresh air, and neither do you…”

Hundreds of farmers from Punjab and Haryana gathered outside NGT premises as their counsel argued on their behalf. Advocate IG Kapila, appearing for the farmers referred to a newspaper report and told NGT that the National Thermal Power Corporation and a few biomass power units have expressed their intent to purchase crop residue from farmers in surrounding states.

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The state counsel had informed the bench in the last hearing that they have adopted Kallar-Majri in Patiala district as a model village. The bench expressed its displeasure as nothing has been done about stubble burning despite the bench passing an order two years ago.

Source::-http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-ngt-orders-punjab-to-prove-it-helped-farmers-2552189

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