India Paddy transplantation begins.

The area under paddy has come down from roughly 30.46 lakh hectares during the last season to 28.45 lakh hectares now. Going against the guidelines issued by the Agriculture Department, Punjab farmers in several villages have started transplanting paddy. As per the Sub Soil Water Conservation Act the Agriculture Department would destroy the paddy if is transplanted even a single day before June 15 and the farmer would be made to pay for it. Many farmers also believe that the labour is easily available during the initial days and thus it is convenient for them to transplant paddy on time.