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Punjab government today issued strict warnings to the peasants burning paddy straw despite a complete ban on the practise.

The government also warned of strict action under the provisions of Air Pollution Control Act.

Punjab’s Agriculture Minister Tota Singh said that it was a matter of great concern that despite educative campaign launched by the department regarding ill effects of straw burning on the air and health of soil, many farmers of the state were carrying on with the illegal practise.

“Nobody will be allowed to pollute the air by burning the straw.

The district administration has been directed to book the erring farmers under the relevant provisions of the Act,” he said here.

Notably, a number of farmers in Punjab and Haryana have been carrying on with the bi-annual exercise of burning crop residue, which many environmentalists have cited in the past as one of the causes of dust haze and air pollution in Delhi and northern India.

We have always advised farmers to creatively use the paddy straw to improve the productivity of soil, Singh said.

The department has been continuously telling the farmers to use spreader to help distribute straw in field which could be used as fertilizers that would enhance the yield of crops, he added.