The 24×7 power supply under Gujarat Government’s Jyotigram scheme has dazzled diamond units in Saurashtra. However, it is not the case with farmers in and around Surat district.
Gujarat Khedut Samaj (GKS) leaders say farmers in south Gujarat have been receiving eight-hour power supply to irrigate their fields. Farmers need electricity for 16 hours, but the state government had agreed to supply power for 10 hours only.
GKS president Jayesh Patel told TOI, “Gujarat Government takes pride in adding glitter to the villages associated with diamond business by providing them with 24×7 electricity under Jyotigram. But, poor farmers, who are known as ‘annadata’, are deprived of adequate power supply to irrigate their farms.”
Patel added, “Recently, GKS had demanded 16-hour power supply to farmers, which was reduced to 10 and further to eight hours. With less water in the reservoirs across the region, the only alternative to irrigate the fields is borewells, which requires power.” Read more
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