Angry farmers lock power house in Rajasthan
They also shouted slogans demanding proper power supply to irrigate rabi crops.jaipur Updated: Dec 19, 2017 20:22 IST
Angry over frequent power cuts in last one week, hundreds of farmers of Hathaini village on Tuesday locked the local power house behind Raj Bahadur Memorial hospital in Bharatpur and later staged a demonstration.
They also shouted slogans demanding proper power supply to irrigate rabi crops.
The farmers withdrew the protest after power department officials assured them to resume electricity supply in the village.
Informing about the protest, Hathaini sarpanch Vikram Singh said that farmers were unable to irrigate their rabi crops due to frequent power cuts. “Only 21-hour power supply was given in the entire week,” said Singh, adding that, “We took the step of locking the power house gate after officials didn’t consider our requests.” A villager, Santosh Singh, said, “We have to wait for power supply to irrigate crops till late night regularly. Officials are ignoring farmers’ problems.”
Ramesh Khinchi, the discom executive engineer, said the supply was disrupted due to fault in power line. Now, the supply has been resumed and farmers will get power from 6 pm to 10 pm and 5am to 7am every day, he added. Hathaini village, situated 5km away from the district headquarter, has around 3,000 voters.
First Published: Dec 19, 2017 20:22 IST