Farmers protest for adequate power supply to run their pumpsets

Farmers protesting against erratic power supply at Nandpur in Samba on Friday.
Farmers protesting against erratic power supply at Nandpur in Samba on Friday.

Excelsior Correspondent

SAMBA, July 14: Farmers under the banner of Border Kissan Union Ramgarh -Samba, today assembled at Nandpur and strongly protested against the Government’s failure to provide proper power supply for running their agricultural pumpsets.
The protestors also submitted a memorandum to the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, through District administration Samba.
“It is obligation of PDD authorities to inform the consumers well in time of supply and shut down times if any, But nowhere the same is visible. Eight hours cut has already been fixed but inspite of it, daily time and again the 33 KV is droping /shut down excluding receiving stations and LT lines short falls,’ they said.
Lamenting that the farming sector was facing acute losses because of Government failure to provide regular power supply, particularly during the paddy plantation days, they said that the supply of water in Ranbir 9D canal alongwith Ravi-Tawi and Irrigation tube wells was also dis-functional in their area.
“The budget allocation confirms that crores of rupees are spent on the desilting of canals which remain choked and this huge amount is in fact looted from the Government exchequer. Further, we could have saved lot of power if condition of water supply in these canals is improved,” explained the farmer in the memorandum.
The agitating farmers appealed the Lt Governor to look into their grievance and issues necessary direction for providing them relief from power cuts as early as possible.
The protest was addressed by Mohan Singh Bhatti, President Border Kissan Union; Vijay Singh, Sarpanch Saitgarh; Jyoti Choudhary, Sarpanch Bahadurpur; Raj Choudhary, Natha Singh, Balbir Singh, Gurcharan Singh, Palli Choudhary, Sunny Choudhary, Rattan Lal, Karnail Singh, Harbans Singh, Jagir Singh and others.