Urge administration to ensure uninterrupted supply of power
"Even officials are in the dark about supply timings"We are entitled to 14-hour power supply: farmer
CUDDALORE: Farmers have alleged that the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board is resorting to unscheduled load shedding, thereby affecting farm operations in the district.
Participating in the grievance day meeting here on Friday, the farmers appealed to Collector Rajendra Ratnoo to ensure an uninterrupted power supply. V. Venkatapathy, local president of the Tamil Nadu Farmers' Association, said that as against the mandatory six-hour power supply in daytime, the TNEB was now giving hardly two to three hours supply, that too, erratically. Even officials themselves were in the dark about the supply timings.
In the previous years, the power supply used to suffer only between May and June, but this year it was much advanced to March, despite the fact that Electricity Minister Arcot N. Veerasamy had painted a rosy picture about the power situation in the State. Mr. Venkatapathy had questioned the propriety of the TNEB for singling out agricultural sector for load shedding. R.V. Giri, general secretary, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Private Sugar Mills' Sugarcane Growers' Association, said the farmers were entitled to 14-hour power supply six hours during day and eight hours during night.
The TNEB officials said they were acting according to instructions from the power grid.
The load shedding was mostly during the peak hours from 6 to 9 a.m., and from 6 to 9 p.m.
R. Vijayakumar of the Sethiathope Anicut Paasana Vivasayigal Sangham, said it was regrettable that the regulated market committee had become haven for middlemen.
T. Ravindran of All India Agricultural Workers' Union said despite repeated appeals seeking the details on lakhs of farm hands who would be eligible for farm labourers' social security plan, it had not evoked any response from officials for over five months.
He called upon the Collector to take necessary action.
The Collector promised to look into these issues. Joint Director (Agriculture) Gunasekaran, Assistant Director Ganesan and Distric Revenue Officer Jayanthi participated.