Why discriminate against farmers, asks SC judge


Justice Gopal Gowda unhappy over less power supply for farmers

Apparently moved by the plight of the farming community which is resorting to suicide in recent times, Supreme Court judge Justice V. Gopal Gowda took the State government to task for its failure to provide adequate power to agricultural activities.

Participating in the inauguration of a court complex at Sidlaghat in Chikkaballapur district, he came down heavily on discrimination in power supply to industries and the agriculture. “The government provides 16-hour power to industrialists, but supplies electricity for only two hours to farmers,” he said and asked whether this is justice.

He did not stop at just criticising the government. He called upon advocates to file public interest litigations against the State government.

Justice Gowda, who hails from undivided Kolar district, also counselled the advocates to help the deprived sections of society including women, workers, farmers, poor and illiterates who approach courts for justice.

He also expressed concern over concentration of wealth in some families of the country.

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