Punjab declares 'Congress Grass' as noxious weed

Chandigarh/May 22
In a bid to check the degradation of the natural ecosystem, Punjab Government on the directions of the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday issued a notification declaring the parthenium weed also known as ‘Congress grass or carrot grass’ as noxious weed under the provisions of “The East Punjab Agricultural Pests, Diseases and Noxious Weeds Act, 1949″.
A Punjab government spokesperson said that the notification mandated that every occupier of land would take measures to eradicate this weed and prevent its spread or reappearance. This notification would remain in force till December 31, 2015.
It may be recalled that this weed has been not only degrading the natural ecosystem in state but was also a potent cause of various diseases in humans and animals. After declaration of this weed as noxious through this notification, any land owner would be duty bond to carry out preventive or remedial measures to control the weed, failing which he was liable to be convicted with punishment. The punishment under the Act could be up to a sum of Rs 250 or in default to a simple imprisonment up to a period of one month.