LANTERN-BEARING Youth Congress activists on Monday staged a demonstration outside the MP State Electricity Board office at Polo Ground to protest power cuts in the morning and the proposed hike in electricity tariff.
The demonstrators, led by City president, Devendra Yadav, raised slogans against the BJP government for failing to ensure regular electricity supply and charged the power utility for carrying out cuts over and above the mandated hours in rural areas.
They also demanded that power cut timings in the City be changed from the current 7-9 am to either 12-2 pm or 2-4 pm, so that schoolchildren and office-goers were not inconvenienced.
In a press statement, Yadav charged the government with failing to deliver on its pre-poll promise of improving the power scenario within a year’s time.
During the three years since the BJP came to power the situation has deteriorated instead of improving, the release said. Although the entire populace has to bear the brunt of load shedding, the power cuts are particularly hard on schoolchildren and farmers, declared the YC leader. Because of morning cuts schoolchildren cannot have hot water for baths, which has disrupted their entire schedule.
Similarly, farmers have to stay awake all night waiting for electrical supply to be resumed, so that they can irrigate their fields.
Despite their failure to provide regular power Electricity Distribution Companies have proposed a tariff hike of 20 paise per unit slated to come into effect from April 1.
Yadav demanded that the government and power utility work jointly towards a solution to the power problem. Failure to do so would result in a phased agitation and a gherao of Power Minister Kailash Vijayvargiya’s residence by YC activists, the letter said.