The Punjab Government has agreed to negotiate with the farmers’ organizations demanding uninterrupted power supply. Regarding the ongoing power crisis in the state, the government has sent invitations to 22 farmers’ organizations in the state. On May 10, the Power Minister and departmental officials would hold talks with the representatives of farmers’ organizations in Chandigarh.
Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann may also attend the meeting. Earlier, the farmers leaders had held talks with the officials of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited. Now Power Minister Harbhajan Singh, CMD of PSPCL and other senior officials of the state government will interact with the farmers leaders. Harinder Singh Lakhowal, Senior Member, Samyukta Kisan Morcha and General Secretary, BKU said that the state government has sent invitations to 22 farmers’ organizations.
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The demand for uninterrupted power supply to the agriculture sector is 8 hours and to the domestic sector 24 hours a day. Paddy sowing is likely to start in a month while maize, cotton and horticulture crops are deteriorating due to lack of water.
Power Minister Harbhajan Singh said that entire country was facing coal crisis but Punjab was in a better position than other states. Efforts are on to revive coal mines in Jharkhand. Coal supply from the mine is expected to start by the end of June. This will alleviate the power crisis.
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