SAD won’t allow Cong govt to end free power facility through back door – Majithia
Asks farmers, industry, SC and BPL beneficiaries not to abide with any anti- people directive
The Voice of Chandigarh News
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today said it would not allow the Congress government to scrap the free power facility given to farmers for agricultural operations as well as subsidized power facility given to industry, scheduled castes and below poverty line (BPL) beneficiaries through the back door.
Speaking about the Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) order to the State electricity utility to start charging these beneficiaries in case of default in disbursement of subsidy, former minister Bikram Singh Majithia said the entire move had been masterminded by the Congress government to end free power facility given to farmers and marginalized members of society by S Parkash Singh Badal. “This conspiracy against farmers, industry, dalits and BPL beneficiaries has been planned by the Congress government and is being executed by PSERC on the former’s express directions”.
Stating there could not be any other way at looking at this issue; Mr Majithia said the PSERC order had come close on the heels of the recommendation of the Punjab State Farmers and Farm Workers Commission to do away with free power facility to farmers with average land holdings which in itself was a cruel and inhuman recommendation. He said the Commission, which was directly under the government, simultaneously recommended reducing the entire power subsidy and followed up this move with media appearances designed to create an atmosphere for making this an actuality.”We will not let this conspiracy succeed and will launch an agitation to thwart it”, he added.