Deputy Commissioner Mr Pardeep Kumar Agrawal has directed all officials of the District Administration Ludhiana that if they come to know about any person involved in burning of paddy straw in the district, then they should bring it to the notice of District Administration and other concerned authorities so that strict action should be taken against them immediately.

Besides, all the SDMs have been asked to form a WhatsApp group so that they can keep a tab on such activities on ground level and the cluster officers and other officials should be made part of this group. He directed all the SDMs to add all those who are performing duty to check burning of paddy straw in this WhatsApp group. He also directed that the moment any person comes to know about any incident of burning of paddy straw, they should post it in the group immediately so that timely action can be taken.

While chairing a district level Coordination and Monitoring Committee formed to check incidents of paddy straw burning, at Bachat Bhawan, here today, Mr Agrawal stated that till date, very few cases of paddy straw burning have come to light and proper legal action has been initiated against them and people involved in burning of paddy straw are being fined as well.

The Deputy Commissioner stated that the farmers should be educated about the ill effects of burning of paddy straw, which includes depleting soil health, environmental loss, health problems in humans and animals, etc.

This meeting was also attended by ADC (G) Mr Iqbal Singh Sandhu, ADC Jagraon Mrs Neeru Katyal Gupta, ADC Khanna Mr Ajay Sood, all SDMs besides several others.