Chandigarh: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today accused Punjab Chieh Minister Capt Amarinder Singh of reneging on his promises of free power and had in fact even failed to provide 8 hours of power a day.
SAD President, President Sukhbir Singh Badal in a press statement said the government was doing this deliberately to avoid paying subsidies to State electricity companies. He said the Congress had given all kinds of vain excuses to avoid giving free power to farmers.
Mr Badal said SAD would protest outside PSPCL offices all over the state tomorrow to demand needed power for agricultural as well as domestic purposes and asked the government to give farmers Rs 50 extra per quintal to meet costs.
Badal further accuse the Congress of punishing industries for failing to augment power during peak times, leading to a two-hour mandatory power cut everyday.
Meanwhile, f, former minister Bikram Singh Majithia today asked the Congress to provide a financial package for paddy farmers who were using generators to grow paddy as the government was not providing farmers even 8 hours of uninterrupted power supply.
He also asked the government to reduce VAT on diesel by Rs 10 and also demanded Rs 20,000 to farmers who had ploughed their standing crop due to unavailability of power.