Members of Bharti Kisan Union (Dakunda) on Saturday intensified their agitation against the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL). Farmers removed their shirts and held a march in the city from the bus stand passing through the interior markets of the city. They are demanding regular power supply for the farming sector.
"As the government and the PSPCL management has turned shameless, we have no option but to hold semi-naked procession to remind them that public is suffering," said BKU president Dr Darshan Pal.
The BKU have been protesting against the PSPCL for the past six days. The BKU is demanding 12 hours' uninterrupted power supply for tubewells, decrease in fee for new connections and reduction in domestic power tariff, including 12 hours' uninterrupted power supply to the agriculture sector.
Union president Boota Singh Burjgill said: "The policies of the PSPCL and the Punjab government have left the farmers who have small land holdings undere debt. Some farmers are not rich to buy the connections of the bore for the cultivation of their land."
The leaders of the BKU from various districts are also taking part in the agitation. They addressed the gathering and alleged that though the PSPCL was making profit still they were increasing the power bills of the farmers.
The BKU threatened to hold their protest on wider level. Meanwhile, the members also submitted a memorandum to cabinet minister Surjeet Singh Rakhra and Patiala MP Dr Dharamivra Gandhi.