Students spread awareness in rural areas
CHANDIGARH: Government schools students from rural areas across the state took to the streets to sensitise farmers about the need to conserve the environment by abstaining from burning paddy straw. The move was part of the state government’s initiative to minimize the incidence of paddy straw burning in the state. The students were carrying placards and banners highlighting the harmful effects of burning crop residue. To spread awareness, they shouted various slogans against air pollution by the ill-practice. Punjab agriculture secretary Kahan Singh Pannu said the state government took this initiative of roping in schoolgoers across the state to make a valuable contribution in bringing awareness among farmers and dissuade them from burning paddy stubble. Pannu said students of primary, middle, high and senior secondary schools in rural areas participated in the campaign to create awareness against the menace. During these rallies, students apprised the farmers about the damage caused to soil health and environment by stubble burning, he said. The rallies focused on creating awareness among farmers to preserve soil fertility by not giving up the hazardous practice as well as making the state clean, green and pollution free. The students also threw light on the environmental pollution caused by bursting and urged everyone celebrate Diwali without it, thereby invoking Guru Nanak Dev’s message of conserving nature in the wake of his 550th birth anniversary celebrations.