Do not scrap power subsidy, govt urged - ECAS Punjab

Do not scrap power subsidy, govt urged

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Tribune News Service

Patiala, December 5

The All-India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) urged the government to scrap the farm laws and protect the power subsidy of farmers by withdrawing the Electricity (Amendment) Bill-2020 and the Standard Bidding Document (SBD).

Following a meeting, AIPEF spokesperson VK Gupta said the struggle of farmers was against the economic policy of the government, which meant to favour the corporates and industry leaders to maximise their trading business and profit at the cost of the farming community.

Shailender Dubey, chairman, AIPEF, said power engineers of the country had opposed the proposal of the government to eliminate the subsidy in electricity tariff.

"While the government has proposed the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), it will snatch away the subsidy of free power to farmers. The proposal of the DBT will cause economic problems for farmers, who will have to pay electricity bills of their tubewells to the discoms," he said.

from The Tribune

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