Punjab

“WHY AT ALL SUBSIDY BE GIVEN ON AGRICULTURAL PUMP SETS?” ASKS CHIEF JUSTICE.

September 18, 2018 04:22 PM

Chandigarh(Subhash Jindal)

Punjab and Haryana Highcourt Chief Justice on Tuesday raised a question, “Why at all subsidy be given on agricultural pump sets?”  

In PIL filed by advocate Hari Chand, seeking exclusions of rich and affluent farmers from the scheme for total subsidy for agricultural pump sets (or free power, in other words), the Chief Justice, speaking for the Bench, asked the Petitioner, as well as the Law Officer of the Punjab Government “Why at all subsidy should be given on power consumed by agricultural pump sets?” When Law Officer replied that the Government has left it up to consumers to voluntary give up subsidy, the Chief Justice asked him “Why voluntary? Why not straightway withdraw subsidy?” to which the Law Officer could not reply. 

The HC Bench granted lost opportunity to the State of Haryana, in the connected identical Civil Writ Petition filed by the petitioner against State of Haryana, and directed the PILs to be listed for arguments on 25.10.2018.

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