Even as the state government has recently started giving 40% subsidy on solar power connections to farmers to irrigate their fields, it is yet to provide power connections to farmers who had paid necessary amount to the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) months ago.
On Wednesday, nearly 400 farmers from Bathinda and Mansa districts held a protest in front of the office of the PSPCL executive engineer for nearly four hours. They demanded that power connections be issued at the earliest for which they had already paid the amount to the state government.
Following the protest, some farmers got connections issued on the spot, while the officials of PSPCL promised to clear all cases before June 10 so that the paddy sowing is not affected.
Bhartiya Kisan Union, Bathinda, president Baldev Singh Sandoha said, "We held a dharna in front of the gate of the PSPCL office, following which the officials were convinced and issued power connections to some farmers."
It may be mentioned that 881 farmers are waiting for connections in Maur division, 696 in Mansa and Budhlada division, 246 in Bathinda and 146 in Rampura division, he said. "The PSPCL issued power connections to137 farmers in Maur division and 150 farmers in Mansa and Budhlada division," Sandoha said.