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Posted at: Jun 15, 2019, 6:56 AM; last updated: Jun 15, 2019, 8:30 AM (IST)

Paddy sowing: Erratic power supply spells trouble

Paddy sowing: Erratic power supply spells trouble
Farmers use power generators for paddy transplantation at a village in Bathinda. Tribune photo

Sameer Singh

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, June 14

Contrary to tall claims made by the state government, the power supply remained suspended for hours at different villages across the district on Thursday, forcing farmers to use generators for paddy transplantation.

Notably, on Wednesday, the Chairman and Managing Director of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), Baldev Singh Sran, had promised that the corporation would provide the eight-hour daily power supply for agricultural purposes.

Farmers of Jhumba village were left disheartened when power was supplied for 40 minutes instead of 8 hours (uninterrupted) on Thursday. The miffed farmers staged a protest and raised slogans against Powercom and the state government.

Jasbeer Singh, a farmer, said, “The erratic power supply will delay paddy transplantation, affecting the quality of the produce. Powercom officials cited technical faults for power suspension, but they could have worked out a solution in advance to ensure that paddy sowing could continue unhindered. Why the government makes tall promises of providing uninterrupted power supply when it cannot deliver it?”

At village Dan Singh Wala in Goniana block, the power supply remained suspended throughout the day on Thursday and resumed on Friday morning. When the matter was brought to the notice of Powercom officials, they cited technical faults as the reason for power suspension.

The power supply at Mehma Sarja (village Bhokhra grid) and Aklia Kalan (Aklia Kalan grid) among others villages also remained suspended for hours on the first day of paddy transplantation. As a result, farmers had to face a lot of difficulty to carry out irrigation in fields. Farmers in several villages used power generators to continue paddy transplantation.

The Powercom Department has established a full-fledged control room where farmers can lodge their complaints related to the power supply.

Mukesh Bansal, Chief Engineer, Powercom Department, said, “From our end, we ensured that farmers get uninterrupted power supply during the paddy transplantation season, but due to a storm, it remained suspended at some villages.”

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