Chandigarh: 3,000 cases have been registered against farmers in the last three years in Haryana in the case of stubble burning. The penalty has also been imposed on farmers. In these three years, the Agriculture Department has collected a penalty of more than Rs. 2 crores. This information was given by Haryana Agriculture Minister JP Dalal in a written reply to a question in the Assembly.
INLD MLA Abhay Singh Chautala had sought information on the number of farmers arrested in the last three years in the state along with the year-wise and district-wise number of cases registered against farmers in stubble burning cases. Replying to this, Haryana Agriculture Minister JP Dalal said that in 2019, penalties of more than Rs 37 lakh were imposed on stubble burning, more than Rs 1 crore in 2020, and more than Rs 82 lakh in 2021. While 397 farmers were arrested in 2019, 339 were arrested in 2020, but no arrests have been made in 2021.
If you look at the district-wise report, Jind recorded the highest number of 515 complaints in 2019 followed by Karnal with 438 and Fatehabad 431 as compared to 439 in Jind district in 2020, with the highest number of cases registered in the year. However, the number of cases registered across the state in 2021 declined to 100 as compared to the total 1975 in 2019, with a maximum of 82 from the Karnal district. The minister said that no farmer has been arrested in 2021.