MISSION AIMED TO SAVE THE DEPLETING GROUNDWATER
LUDHIANA, JUNE 14, 2018: Taking a swift action against a farmer for defying the government’s order to sow the paddy after June 20, the officials of agriculture department destroyed the paddy transplanted over one acre land in Manuke village on Thursday, under the ‘Tandarust Punjab’ mission to save groundwater of the state.
Divulging the details, Chief Agriculture Officer (CAO) Dr. Baldev Singh said department’s field teams have got the information that a farmer Rajdeep Singh of Manuke village in Jagraon Block had sown the paddy over one-acre land before June 20 by ignoring the directives of Punjab Government.
He told that teams immediately rushed there and destroyed the paddy as per provisions of the Punjab Preservation of Subsoil Water Act, 2009 for transplanting paddy ahead of the official date.
CAO said that stern action would be taken against all those farmers who will defy the orders of the state government and transplant paddy before the official date.
Exhorting the farmers to actively participate in ‘Tandrust Punjab’ mission, he asked the farmers to ensure the
transplantation of paddy after the date given by government which will not only save depleting underground water table but will also preserve the natural sources in Punjab.
He also added that that the agriculture department is keeping a strict vigil in the district and will ensure no one will be allowed to sow the paddy before June 20.