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    • Even though much of the stubble of wheat is used as animal fodder but farmers resort to open field burning to get rid of the leftover stalk. Around 11400 incidents of open field burning were recorded as per satellite imagery in Punjab and 7500 in Haryana last year post kharif harvest.

      About 178 million tonnes of surplus crop residues are available in the country. Burning of these residues leads to rise in pollutant levels. Unscientific disposal of C&D waste is one of the key contributors to the air and water pollution and the annual consumption of construction materials (sand, soil and stone) in India is estimated to be 3,100 million tonnes.

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      The board will buy software for the sensors from Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). WBPCB is working with IIT Delhi on this project and WBPCB will sign an MoU with the institute soon.

      The NITI Aayog is set to work out a fiscal package for a quick adoption of technology to decompose straw in situ which apparently is available at the laboratories. The Aayog plans to standardising it and testing on the fields from next year onwards and has directed Indian Agriculture Research Institute to expeditiously conduct field trials of the same.

      The government reported a considerable reduction in stubble burning in the states Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh this year, about 19% less than in 2018. While UP has recorded 36.8 per cent reduction, Haryana recorded 25.1 per cent and Punjab recorded 16.8 per cent reduction, respectively, in the current season than in 2018.

      The agriculture minister said Uttar Pradesh witnessed a significant drop of 48.2% in stubble burning cases while Punjab and Haryana saw a drop of 8.7% and 11.7% respectively from last year.. “There were 35717 cases of stubble burning during this period in these states which have come down to 31402,” he said in a statement.

      Paddy straw is commonly known as ‘stubble’ and is thought to be responsible for spikes in pollution across many Northern cities including Delhi. Stubble burning also causes soil erosion, kills beneficial soil organisms and emits harmful gases such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide and methane along with particulate matter.

      Despite Punjab government's ban, stubble burning continued in Punjab’s Amritsar due to lack of alternatives. Over 100 cases of stubble burni...

      Lakhs of children studying in schools situated in rural areas participated in the anti-stubble burning rallies organized in the respective villages to disseminate the message of clean, green and pollution free Punjab.

      "There was nothing in the budget that could pave the way for economic reforms or raise public consumption that was an imperative for reviving the economy, " Singh said. The budget was nothing but mere rhetoric and has failed to address the problems of any section of the society, he added.

      "A meeting was chaired by the ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) secretary. A committee has been formed to formulate a new scheme" for a long-term permanent solution to stubble buring by farmers, he said. The MoS said that the new committee will come out with a new scheme within one or two months.

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