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Farmer unions to protest against power corporation on July 12
Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 7
With several farmer unions all set to stage protest outside the offices of executive engineers of the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL ) on July 12, the state executive committee of the Kirti Kisan Union today convened a meeting in Jalandhar to review the preparations for the proposed agitation. The meeting was held under the leadership of the All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha president Hardev Singh Sandhu.

Giving details of the meeting, union leader Satbir Singh said they had appealed to the farmers to actively participate in the protest in all the districts of Punjab in order to awake the government from its deep slumber. He said presently the power being supplied to the farmers was inadequate. “If the same situation continues, the paddy yield will not be good and the farmers, who are already passing through fiscal crisis, will suffer a lot,” he added.

Satbir said during the May 7 meeting with the authorities of the Punjab Power Corporation, the latter had assured that farmers would be provided 8-hour uninterrupted power supply during the paddy season, but the authorities had miserably failed to implement the same. “In case, the government fails to take corrective measures immediately, the farmers will not hesitate to come on road against the Power Corporation and the state government,” he added.


The union leaders stated that the decision to charge security for the domestic power supply connection was totally uncalled for. The union leaders demanded: “Government has no right to put additional financial burden on the power consumers without any justification. Also, the issues pertaining to the increase in the power load at the rate of Rs 1,200 per horse power for the agricultural pump sets and free power connection for the farmers having 2.5 acres of farm land should be resolved up to the satisfaction of the farmers without any delay.”




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