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Farmers protest erratic power supply

HT Correspondent  Tarn Taran, July 12, 2013
First Published: 20:31 IST(12/7/2013) | Last Updated: 20:32 IST(12/7/2013)

Agitated over the erratic power supply, hundreds of farmers owing allegiance to the Kissan Sangharsh Committee held a demonstration outside Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) office here on Friday.

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Demanding seven-hour daily power supply for agriculture to save standing crops, the protesters lamented that they were getting electricity for hardly two to three hours every day.

Though police had put up barricades to stop farmers from barging into the PSPCL office, the agitators broke through and forcibly entered the premises.

Shouting slogans, the farmers flayed the state government for its alleged failure in providing the promised seven-hour power supply to the agricultural sector and rued that crops standing on thousands of acre were withering due to shortage of power supply and water.

 Leading the protestors, Kissan Sangharsh Committee chairman Satnam Singh Pannu said that Punjab farmers were in trouble since the state government had been unable to ensure adequate power to them.

He said that if the SAD-BJP government claimed to have surplus power, it should ensure nine-hour supply to run tube wells.

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