Punjab govt must release white paper on electricity: AAP
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday demanded the Punjab government to release a white paper on the current situation of electricity production and demand in the state.
AAP MLA and the party's chief whip in the Assembly, Sukhpal Singh Khaira alleged that the government was unable to meet the power requirement in the state but at the same time, it was talking about selling electricity to Pakistan and Nepal.
Punjab's economy depended on agriculture and the paddy farmers of the state needed 24-hour uninterrupted power supply, he told reporters here, while alleging that in the peak farming season, they were provided with only eight hours of electricity.
Khaira pointed out that many small villages and remote areas of the state were still deprived of electricity.
"The government itself does not have any clarity about the power situation in the state as the electricity minister has asked to review the power purchase agreements with
private players," the AAP leader alleged, adding that clarity was necessary before taking further steps to sell electricity.
He termed the state government's claim of Punjab being a power surplus state as an "eyewash".
"India-Pakistan ties are not cordial and there are differences of opinion between the two countries on various issues. Hence, selling electricity to Pakistan in the current backdrop does not make sense," said Khaira.