The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday questioned the practice of providing free or subsidised electricity to rich farmers in Punjab and Haryana for agricultural pump sets.
“Why is free power given on agricultural pump sets to rich persons?” observed Chief Justice Krishna Murari while hearing the matter.
Not convinced with the argument of the two states that rich consumers are being asked to voluntarily give up this subsidy, the Chief Justice said, “Subsidy should be for the needy and not for rich and affluent farmers.”
Referring to the Rs 7,000-crore approximate total subsidy amount, he observed: “The burden of such subsidy falls on all the taxpayers.” Read More
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