Violating Environmental Laws: FIRs on burning husk in Punjab   

By APP
Published: October 27, 2017
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Young girls collect sugar cane husks for cooking and heating fuel in Charsadda, Pakistan. 
PHOTO: REUTERS

Young girls collect sugar cane husks for cooking and heating fuel in Charsadda, Pakistan. PHOTO: REUTERS

LAHORE: The farmers in the province would have to face FIRs and fines on burning husk of crops in the province.

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Punjab Environment Protection Minister Begum Zakia Shahnawaz gave this directive to Agriculture Department in a meeting on Thursday. She directed the department to check all the districts through field staff and inform the assistant commissioners about violations.

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She asked the DCOs to ensure monitoring process, get FIRs registered and impose fines on burning husk, a process that can contribute to smog phenomenon. The minister asked the DCOs to hold meetings with concerned departments daily on the issue and send report to Punjab chief minister for taking strict action against absent officers.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 27th, 2017.

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