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PUNJAB AND HARYANA HC TO EXAMINE LEGALITY OF COERCIVE STEPS AGAINST FARMERS

The State Policy has restrained them from burning paddy stubble resulting in the oppression of farmers and preventing them from paddy cultivation. The situation has come at a time when the farmers in Punjab are about to harvest twenty nine lakh hectares of land generating no less than ninteen million tons of paddy stubble
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Bhartiya Kisan Union filed a petition before the Punjab and Haryana High Court where it sought for the issuance of directions to the State Government to pay adequate compensation to the farmers.

The State Policy has restrained them from burning paddy stubble resulting in the oppression of farmers and preventing them from paddy cultivation. The situation has come at a time when the farmers in Punjab are about to harvest 29 lakh hectares of land generating no less than 19.7 million tons of paddy stubble. 

The petitioner contended that burning of the paddy stubble was fined Rs. 2,500 to Rs. 15,000, initiating a criminal action alongside against the farmers. They also submitted that if the paddy straw was left in the field and not burnt then it would result in the decay of the same. The counsel also referred to the guidelines for the State Government by the Punjab & Haryana High Court and Delhi High Court as well to avoid a situation where the farmers were not able to carry out the agricultural activity. 

The petitioner counsel sought per acre compensation for farmers from the respondents. He also pointed out that the guidelines of Delhi High Court for the state government are such to avoid a situation where farmers were not able to carry out agricultural activity.

Taking note of the assertions, the court is to consider in its next hearing the legality of coercive measures i.e. if being taken against the farmers are as per the law or not. Till now, there has only been a feud between the farmers and the State Government. 

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Reviewed by:
Mehak Sharma
Published on 17-Oct-17
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