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Farmers, labourers stage protest against Powercom

Activists of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) and labourers staged a protest outside the power grids at the sub-divisional level across the state under a call of the joint forum of 17 unions of farmers and labourers on Tuesday.

punjab Updated: Jul 02, 2013 21:02 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Activists of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta-Ugrahan) and labourers staged a protest outside the power grids at the sub-divisional level across the state under a call of the joint forum of 17 unions of farmers and labourers on Tuesday.

BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan group) general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan, during a protest at the power grid at Ajitwal sub-division, said, "We had held meetings with deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) chairman KD Chaudhary and both had assured us of regular power supply for eight hours for agriculture sector and 24 hours for the domestic sector, but they had failed to meet the promise."

He claimed that at present, farmers were getting power supply only for four to six hours and that too was interrupted frequently. As far as domestic sector was concerned, people were reeling under scheduled and unscheduled power cuts, he added.

Kokri Kalan charged chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and Sukhbir Singh Badal with pursuing policies that were "driving farmers to suicide". "The state government is playing into the hands of capitalists and is indifferent to the plight of farmers, especially in view of the rising cost of inputs, such as fertilizers, and the declining price of farm produce," he added.

He alleged that the Powercom officials were harassing the farmers at the behest of the state government. "The power bodies provide electricity only for four hours a day. Besides, submersible motors are not able to give sufficient water due to lesser voltage," said Kokri Kalan.

The BKU demanded that the state government buy more from the central pool or from other states to provide sufficient power to farmers and the domestic sector. Kokri Kalan said the farmers protested at 24 places across the state - at 12 SDO offices and 12 executive engineers' offices.

First Published: Jul 02, 2013 20:53 IST