Mohali, Nov. 16 -- The administration's claims to have effectively tackled stubble burning are belied by the fact that only one farmer has been convicted in Mohali district in the last three years. Registering of FIRs for the offence, too, has failed to act as deterrent, it has been learnt.

Farmers continue to burn paddy straw left over in fields after harvesting, even after orders have been issued by Punjab government, Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), National Green Tribunal (NGT) and now with the Supreme Court (SC) banning stubble burning. As cities in the north, including Delhi, remain in the chokehold of pollution, no action is being taken to curb the problem in Mohali.

The district administration in compliance with SC directive...