Punjab State Power Corporation Limited chief engineer Devinder Singh Tiwana on Thursday suspended a junior engineer (JE) besides summoning two others on the complaint of farmers.
Members of the Bhartiya Kisan Union Punjab from Jalandhar and Kapurthala on Thursday met the PSPCL north zone head and complained about discrepancies in the working of its officials stationed in various circles. Farmers’ representatives also complained about junior engineers seeking bribe from farmers to supply power or carry out repair of any kind.
Following the meeting, Tiwana ordered suspension of JE Sanjeev Kumar, stationed at Bholath, Kapurthala, besides summoning JE Harjeet Singh of Nadala subdivision and JE Rupinder Sharma stationed of Kartarpur to the PSLPCL north zone office on Friday.
Reforms remain on paper: Union head
Earlier, Kapurthala union chief Jasbir Singh Cheema told Tiwana that although the government had announced various reforms for the farming sector, these remained on paper. He said while the government claimed to provide five hours of electricity to agricultural sector, it was limited to three to four hours.
Demanding 12 hours of power supply daily during the upcoming paddy season, union members said the government was not doing any favour on them by giving free power for a few hours. “Parkash Singh Badal had promised to provide free power to farmers in his election manifesto. He is obliged to fulfil it,” said farmers. The union members also asked Tiwana to get all defected transmission lines repaired.
‘Give free tubewell connection to marginal farmers’
Bhartiya Kisan Union Punjab members, who met PSPCL north zone chief engineer Devinder Singh Tiwana on Thursday, also demanded free tubewell connections for famers who own up to 2.5-acre land. At present, these marginal farmers have to cough up between Rs 2 lakh and Rs 2.5 lakh to get a connection.
Kartarpur circle president Bahadur Singh said small farmers cannot afford to pay such a huge amount for a new tubewell connection.