Chandigarh, October 18: The students of schools from rural areas across the state today became the ‘ambassadors of anti-stubble burning campaign’ of the Punjab government by touching the streets to sensitize the farmers about need of conserving the environment by not burning the paddy straw.
Lakhs of children studying in schools situated in rural areas participated in the anti-stubble burning rallies organized in the respective villages to disseminate the message of clean, green and pollution free Punjab. The move was a part of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh led state government’s historic initiative to minimize the incidence of paddy straw burning in the state.
The participating students who were carrying placards and banners regarding the harmful effects of paddy straw burning made the people aware of the need for not burning the paddy stubble by shouting slogans against pollution.
Secretary Agriculture Kahan Singh Pannu said that this initiative was taken by the state government to involve students of schools across state to make a valuable contribution in bringing awareness amongst farmers against the menace of stubble burning.
The students of primary, middle, high and senior secondary schools in the rural areas, both in government sector and private sector, participated in the one of its kind massive awareness creation programme held today from 9 am to 10 am to create awareness against unhealthy practice of stubble burning.
During these rallies, students apprised the farmers about the damage caused by stubble burning to the soil health and the environment.
The rallies focused on creating awareness amongst farmers to preserve the fertility of soil by not indulging in this hazardous practice on one hand and making our state clean, green and pollution free on the other.
The students also educated the people about the environmental pollution besides appealing them to stop the use of fire crackers in the ensuing Diwali thereby effectively disseminating the message of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji for conservation of nature in wake of the 550th Prakash Purb Celebrations of the first Sikh Guru.