Chandigarh, October 30: In consonance with commitment of Punjab Chief
Minister Bhagwant Mann to combat stubble burning, the Agriculture Department
has on Sunday suspended four erring officials after detecting the stubble
burning incidents in the different districts of the state.
The Punjab government led by CM Bhagwant Mann has adopted a
zero tolerance policy against stubble burning cases this time and has been
vehemently organising campaigns to sensitise farmers to not burn the stubble
across the state.
The Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann categorically asked the
agriculture officials to work gingerly at grassroot level and ensure that crop
residue is not set ablaze in their farm. But the government found these
officers of not rendering services with adherence to the directions.
Following directions from the CM Bhagwant Mann, the Minister
of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal have placed four
agricultural officials under suspension with an immediate effect for
dereliction of duty.
The suspended officials include Chief Agriculture Officer,
Sangrur Harbans Singh, Agriculture Officer, Samana Patiala Satish Kumar,
Agriculture Officer, Chohla Sahib, Tarn Taran Harpal Singh, Agriculture
Officer, Patti, Taran Taran Bhupinder Singh is involved.
The spokesperson said that during the suspension period,
these officials will report to office at Director Agriculture and Farmers
Welfare Department, SAS Nagar. He further informed that during the suspension
these officials will be given the allowance as per rules/instructions.