Action plan ready to stop the incidents of stubble burning, will pollution really reduce?

The Haryana government has made special arrangements for crop residues in the state. stubble burning incidents A policy framework has been created to prevent and manage it completely. The Department of New and Renewable Energy has prepared the draft of Paddy Straw Policy 2022. Haryana is a state where, despite all the claims, incidents of stubble burning are increasing instead of decreasing. From 15 September 2021 to 30 November 2021, there were 6987 incidents of stubble burning in the state. Whereas during this period only 4202 incidents were recorded in 2020.

At present, this time the government is trying to reduce the incidents of stubble burning. Under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Sanjeev Kaushal, a point-by-point discussion was held on the draft of the Paddy Straw Policy. Soon this policy will be approved by CM Manoharlal. It remains to be seen whether this time the government is really able to curb stubble pollution or it fails in it.

What is the purpose of the policy?

Kaushal said that the objective of Paddy Straw Policy 2022 is to create a conducive environment for attracting investment in straw based biomass, power projects, industries, compressed biogas plants, waste to energy plants, brick-kilns, packaging materials etc. Not only this, farmers have to be encouraged to cut, bale and store the stubble in their fields.

where will the straw be used

The Chief Secretary said that through this policy, a link would be established between farmers and industries, gaushalas, users for demand and supply management of crop residues. Also, emphasis will be laid on the use of stubble in power plants, industrial boilers, brick kilns or any other industrial, commercial or institutional establishments. Promotion of research and development in new technology is also one of the main objectives of this policy.

There will be district wise mapping of Parali

Kaushal said that various strategies would be adopted to promote the use of stubble and biomass. Various financial incentives have also been provided in the draft of this policy to promote the use of power projects, ethanol and other biofuels in the state. District wise mapping strategy for the demand of stubble has also been included in the policy. Farmers will be made aware about stubble management.

Machine is being given on subsidy

It was informed in the meeting that continuous work is being done by the Agriculture Department to make farmers aware and encourage for crop residue management in the state. Baling units (Hay-rake, Shrub Master and Straw Baler) are being provided by the department to farmers under individual category at 50 percent subsidy and for opening customer hiring centers at 80 percent subsidy. During the financial year 2022-23, 600 bailing units are being provided on subsidy. Out of these, 290 baling units have been allocated in the identified cluster for the ethanol plant set up at Baholi, Panipat.

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