September 10, 2009

Selective Favouritism in Electricity Rates in Punjab

The discrimination and unequal treatment being given , these days , to consumers of electricity in Punjab is similar to the tyranny of " Jazia " imposed in medieval times.

According to Punjab State Electricity Board ,which functions under the policy guidelines of Punjab Government , all farmers ,even those owning land worth hundreds of crores , are eligible for free electricity. Whereas a small time urban shop keeper comes under what the electricity board classifies as " commercial " category and is charged at penal rates. If urban traders are indulging in " commercial " activity so are rural farmers There is absolutely no difference between the commercial nature of both occupations.

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