Punjab Youth Congress finds a unique way to protest against frequent power cuts
To register their protest against frequent power cuts across the state and recent hike in electricity tariff, Punjab Youth Congress leaders gifted a lantern and hand fan to chief parliamentary secretary Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu.punjab Updated: Jul 24, 2012 13:03 IST
To register their protest against frequent power cuts across the state and recent hike in electricity tariff, Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) leaders gifted a lantern and hand fan to chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu on Monday.
The protest outside the Mall Road residence of the BJP MLA was led by PYC chief Vikram Chaudhary. Holding lanterns and hand fans, the protesters raised slogans against the state government and demanded withdrawal of hike in power tariff.
Instead of remaining indoors during the protest, Dr Sidhu met Chaudhary and other PYC leaders in the lawns of her house. She received a lantern and gave a patient hearing to the protesters. Dr Sidhu assured them that she would convey their sentiments to the Punjab government.
The protest was part of a statewide programme of the PYC to pressurise the government to withdraw the power tariff hike and to give promised electricity to all sections of consumers.
First of such protests was held in Ludhiana, followed by one in Amritsar, which was organised by district Youth Congress chief Vikas Soni.
The final phase of the protest will be held outside the residences of the chief minister and deputy chief minister at Chandigarh early next month.
Later, talking to mediapersons, Chaudhary said the hike would further burden the common man, who is already reeling under rising prices of essential commodities.
He added that there was no justification in hiking power tariff as constant power breakdowns had already been imposed in this hot and humid weather.
The worst sufferers were weaker sections, who cannot afford generators, Chaudhary said. "Time and again, the deputy chief minister has talked of making Punjab a power surplus state. But none of his so-called mega thermal power projects seems to be nearing completion. In such a situation, no one will even think of investing in Punjab," said Chaudhary.
'Congmen should seek central aid'
Chief parliamentary secretary Dr Navjot Kaur Sidhu said Punjab was not the only state facing the problem.
Virtually, all northern states are feeling the pinch and the failed monsoon has made the situation worse, she said.
"Instead of protesting here, Congressmen should go to Delhi and demand central relief for the state for failed rains. They should pressurise the Centre for special financial assistance as the state government was spending huge amount of money on buying electricity from outside sources to keep the state going," she added.
Dr Sidhu demanded that the central government should compensate Punjab farmers as costs of inputs have almost doubled due to failed monsoon.