Farmers in Haryana are flouting the ban on crop residue burning, despite the threat of steep fines by local authorities. Seventeen incidents have been reported in Panipat district alone. The agriculture department and the state pollution control board claim they held awareness camps in September at 198 villages in Panipat. Farmers are being offered subsidies up to Rs. 63,000 on equipment to help clear crop stubbles without burning. In addition, satellite and on-ground surveillance are in place to fine offending farmers from Rs. 2,500 to Rs. 15,000, depending on the size of the farm.