Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) has asked farmers to gherao all Powercom offices from 12noon to 4pm on June 22, if the Punjab government failed to restore regular power supply to the agriculture sector.
At the BKU state-level meeting at Machhike village in Moga district on Monday, the union's office-bearers accused the SAD-BJP government of denying farmers their basic rights while making false claims that power supply was provided for eight hours every day.
Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan, a BKU member, alleged that Powercom officials were harassing farmers at the behest of the government. "The electricity authority provides power only for four to five hours per day," he said. "Also, as the voltage is less than 440V, submersible motors are not able to provide sufficient water."
Joginder Singh Ugrahan, the BKU president, demanded 16 hours of power supply for the agriculture sector everyday. He also rejected the minimum support price of rice and other yields.
"The union government is playing a joke on the farmers in Punjab, while they are facing a financial crisis," he said. "The state government should announce more bonus for rice yields and provide power supply for paddy."
The organisation has adopted a regulation that if the state government failed to provide regular power supply, it would announce its next action programme after the gherao of the Powercom offices.