CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday issued notice to the state of Punjab, Punjab Electricity Regulatory Commission and the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), in a plea seeking abolition of agricultural pump set subsidy to rich farmers in the state of Punjab.
Division bench comprising Justice A K Mittal and Justice Amit Rawal have issued the notices after taking cognizance of public interest litigation (PIL) filed by advocate H C Arora.
Petitioner has stated that the state of Punjab has been providing free electricity for tube wells to farmers for the past several years. Such subsidy, which is reimbursed to PSPCL by the state government, has touched the figure of Rs. 6113 crores during 2016-2017.
Informing that the rich farmers are also availing this subsidy, the petitioner told the HC that some of the richest farmers availing the facility include former Punjab CM, Parkash Singh Badal, former deputy CM, Sukhbir Singh Badal, state Finance minister, Manpreet Singh Badal, Punjab CM, Captain Amrinder Singh himself and MLA Kuljit Singh Nagra.
“They all are enjoying the concession of free electric power for the tube wells installed for irrigating farm land. Only one such rich farmer, Sukhpal Singh Khaira has surrendered such subsidy of his own will, and no other MLA has given up subsidy, despite an appeal made by Captain Amrinder Singh, CM, Punjab, who himself has not given up subsidy so far”, argued the petitioner.
As carried in TOI