Punjab

SAD TO AGITATE AGAINST INFLATED POWER BILLS SERVED TO FARMERS AND POOR

July 14, 2019 07:11 PM

Abohar (Face2News)

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today assured farmers and the poor who have been served with severely inflated power bills that the SAD would launch an agitation to secure justice for them.

Speaking at public gatherings in different villages in the district, the SAD president said it was shocking that the poorest of the poor had been burdened with bills in thousands. He said the Congress government had made a mockery of the partial free power facility extended to the under privileged by the previous SAD-BJP government. “The poor have been burdened with inflated bills which have been levied with retrospective effect”. He assured the people that the SAD would force the government to take back the inflated bills.

SIDHU SUBMITTED RESIGNATION MONTH BACK ONLY TO BLACKMAIL CONG: SUKHBIR

He demanded an immediate rollback in the power tariff rates. He said power rates had been increased repeatedly with the Congress government affecting a hike between 25 to 33 per cent. He said such a steep increase within a period of two years was intolerable for the common man. He also demanded uninterrupted power supply to farmers during the paddy season saying power cuts were the order of the day.

Speaking about his priorities, Sukhbir said he would try to take maximum advantage of the central scheme offering Pucca houses to poor sections of society. He said he would soon come out with a programme to ensure this could be implemented in phases across the constituency. The SAD president also came down heavily on chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh for disregarding development works. He said similarly no incentive was being given to farmers to build on their agriculture practise. He urged farmers to come up with projects in the dairy sector and also food processing, saying he would try to get these projects started along with central subsidies.

Commenting on the resignation submitted by Congress Minister Navjot Sidhu to former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, the SAD president said Sidhu was fond of engaging in theatrics. “There was no need to write any letter to Mr. Gandhi when a one line message to the chief minister would have sufficed. “It is now clear that Sidhu submitted the ‘resignation’ letter one month back only to blackmail the party and force it to bend to his will. “This shows Sidhu is an opportunist who only believes in self promotion”, he added.

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