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CS: Decline in straw burning area this year

Chandigarh, October 31

Punjab Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan today said the state had witnessed a decline in straw burning cases as five per cent less stubble burning area had been reported this year due to the effective in situ and ex situ management of crop residue and concerted efforts to sensitise farmers by the state government.

During a virtual meeting with senior officers, all Deputy Commissioners and Senior Superintendents of Police here, the Chief Secretary expressed satisfaction over the effective steps taken by the government to end the hazardous practice of residue burning. Mahajan said 137.89 lakh MT of paddy had arrived in the mandis of the state, which was 33 per cent higher than the previous year.

The total straw burning area this year was 7.49 lakh hectare as compared to 7.90 lakh hectare last year to date, which was 5.23 per cent less. — TNS



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