Punjab

Financial assitance to be paid to small and marginal farmers who do not burn paddy straw

Punjab Tribune Bureau | November 13, 2019 06:25 PM

Deputy Commissioner issues directions to concerned departments

last date for submission of applications is november

 Nawanshahr: Following the directions of the Supreme Court of India and in a bid to encourage farmers to not burn paddy straw and agricultural residue, the Punjab government would be providing a financial aid of Rs 100 per quintal to the small and marginal farmers. A meeting in this regard was chaired by Deputy Commissioner Vinay Bublani today to outline the plan to implement the financial aid scheme at ground level.

Divulging the details, Bublani said that the Punjab government would provide compensation of up to Rs 100 per quintal to small and marginal farmers with landholding of less than 5 acres, who do not burn paddy straw and agricultural residue in their fields. He stated that the last date for the submission of applications fixed as November 30. The scheme is limited to non-Basmati cultivators only.

The Deputy Commissioner further said that the farmers who did not burn paddy straw and agricultural residue this year and vow to not burn it in coming days can avail this benefit of compensation. He said that the farmers can use the form published in newspapers. This form would be filled by the farmers themselves, after which they would submit it to the concerned agricultural services societies after getting verified from their village panchayats. The Cooperative Societies further to upload these farms to online portal. He further clarified that only those farmers whose landholding of entire family is less than 5 acres, would be benefitted.

Chairing meeting of ADC (D), SDMs, DDPO, BDPOs, D R Cooperative Societies, DSM/ASM (Land Records), he issued clear instructions to the officials to ensure that the directions of Supreme Court of India are publicized everywhere so that maximum number of farmers can be benefitted and those farmers, who burn paddy straw, should be encouraged to not burn it and avail full benefit of this scheme.

The Deputy Commissioner also directed all SDMs that they should start providing financial aid to farmers of those villages, where paddy straw was not burnt at all, on priority basis so that farmers can be encouraged.

Prominent among those present in the meeting included SDM Nawanshar Jagdish Singh Johal, SDM Banga Gautam Jain, SDM Balachaur Jasbir Singh, DDPO Davinder Kumar and BDPOs of all the blocks besides concerned agricultural officers.

Photo Caption: Deputy Commissioner Vinay Bublani chairs meeting of officials regarding financial assistance to the marginal and small farmers who did not burn paddy stubble.

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