Ludhiana, Oct 12: Farmers in Sangrur took to burning stubble on Thursday morning in protest against the order to stop stubble burning. Farmers have refused to abide by order, saying the government must give them subsidy if they want them to stop burning stubble.

Five states–Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi–had issued notifications prohibiting agriculture crop residue burning to curb air pollution. However, farmers say they haven’t gotten any financial help from the government yet and have no option but to burn the residue.

“Is it only about pollution in Delhi? We have kids too. Stubble burning is for betterment of land. We will continue till our demands are met,” said a farmer in Sangrur as quoted by news agency ANI.

On Wednesday, farmers in Karnal also burned stubble, saying they had no other option.

Meanwhile, the air quality in Delhi is likely to deteriorate in the coming days. An air pollution monitoring agency suggested an increase in the pollutants like PM 2.5 ahead of Diwali.