Farmers under the banner of Kissan Sangharsh Committee (KSC) on Thursday held a protest outside the office of the chief engineer, border zone, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), accusing the SAD-BJP government of hiking the electricity charges and imposing crores as fine under the Power Act, 2003.
They also blamed the government for registering cases and forcible recoveries and other issues pertaining to electricity supply. Satnam Singh Pannu, state president, KSC, said the PSPCL and Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited (PSTCL) came into being in April 2010. "In the past four years, there has been no improvement in power scenario. Instead, Punjab has the highest power tariff in the country," he said. He added that consumers were a harried lot due to security deposit charges for connections and the contract system.
The farmers demanded reduction in electricity charges to Rs. 1 per unit, the restoration of electricity board after annulment of the Power Act, 2003, cancellation of fines and cases registered against consumers under the act.