Protesting farmers call off agitation

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Jun 03, 2014 21:11 IST

Following the assurance of the Punjab Government to consider reduction in the tubewell connection fee and promise of eight-hour uninterrupted power supply in the paddy season, the Bharti Kisan Union (Dakunda) has called of its week-long protest.

A meeting of the BKU delegation was held with the secretary (power), where all the demands of farmers were discussed in length.

During the parleys, the secretary, power, Anirudh Tiwari promised the farmers eight-hour regular supply to farmers during paddy season, He also assured them that the department would take up the matter with the chief minister about reduction of fee for new tubewell connections.

The BKU delegation was also provided assurance by the government that it would consider releasing tubewell connections to small and marginal farmers having less than 2.5 acres land on priority basis.

As the issue of release of 70,000 new tubewell connection has been stayed by the Green Tribunal, thus the Punjab government can't make any promise on this issue.

"The government has already agreed to accept our major demand for regular supply of power during paddy season, while assuring to take up the remaining issues with the chief minister. Thus we have decided to lift the protest for the time being. And if the government failed to keep its words, farmers will hold a massive agitation", said Dr Darshan Pal, district president of the BKU.

Farmers were holding an agitation since May 26 outside the PSPCL headquarters.On Monday, they had blocked the power corporation entry gates, which forced the government to hold meeting with protesters.

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