AAP government fails to maintain power supply, 8-10 hour power cuts in Punjab: SAD

Shiromani Akali Dal said on Monday that power cuts ranging from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. are being imposed daily by power utilities as the Aam Aadmi party government in Punjab failed to maintain power supply.

The SAD, which submitted memoranda to the district headquarters to the deputy commissioners on behalf of the Punjab governor on burning issues of the state, said that all sections of society including farmers, industrialists, traders , traders and domestic consumers, were facing an electricity crisis.
SAD leader Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema said earlier that the Congress government had not taken steps to increase power generation even by a single unit and that the situation within of the AAP government was also the same.
He said the AAP government had failed even to maintain the power supply and farmers were protesting for publishing a staged timetable for transplanting paddy without even consulting the farmers.

“They (the farmers) are worried that the government will not be able to provide the adequate electricity required during the paddy season,” Dr Cheema said, urging the governor to order the state government to immediately address the electricity crisis by making proper arrangements for power supply during the paddy season. as well as for other sectors of society, including domestic consumers and manufacturers.
The Akali leader said the party also briefed the governor on low wheat yield due to hot weather conditions and huge loss of farmers.
The SAD urged him to order the state government to immediately take the matter to the Center government and have it declared as a natural disaster which resulted in poor performance.

Dr Cheema said the party demanded that the farmers be compensated Rs 500 per quintal for this.
He further said that the SAD informed the governor about the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. He said killings, robberies and looting have become the order of the day and the government seems powerless to control the situation.
“Other than that, drones are dropping narcotics in the state, but instead of fulfilling its responsibilities, the government is busy with an illegal and unconstitutional political vendetta against its political opponent,” Dr Cheema said. SAD also urged the governor to direct the state government to reduce its value-added tax on petroleum products, as gasoline, diesel and household gas prices have already hit consumers too hard.

Alan A. Seibert