Oppn demands withdrawal of power-related cases from farmers in MP

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Bhopal, Mar 10 (UNI) Opposition members in Madhya Pradesh Assembly today alleged that false cases regarding non-payment of electricity bills had been registered against farmers and demanded their withdrawal.

Initiating the debate for budgetary demands for power, school education, medical education, bio-diversity and bio-technology departments, Mr Sajjan Singh Verma (Cong) said more than 37,000 cases were registered against peasants for non-payment of electricity bills.

Mr Verma asked why the government was hesitating when it had earlier withdrawn more than 75,000 cases. Several opposition members supported the demand.

He alleged that the government had failed to provide adequate power causing problems for farmers and students.

CPI(M) member Ramlakhan Sharma said several posts of teachers for Mathmetics, English and Science were vacant affecting studies. Mr Manmohan Shah Bhatt (GGP) said adequate power was not reaching to Chhindwara despite 6,000 electric poles being in place since the past eight years due to non-laying of electric lines.

Mr Girija Shankar Sharma (BJP) claimed that adequate power was reaching in villages and cities.

Replying to the debate, departmental Minister Gaurishankar Shejwar said the previous government had done no work in the area of power. The present government had increased power production and met increased power supply.

Before the minister could complete his reply, Speaker Ishwardas Rohani adjourned the proceedings for 1030 hours tomorrow. The budgetary demands for concerned departments would be passed after the reply of the minister tomorrow.

As soon as the debate started Mr Ramniwas Rawat (Cong) took objection to not receiving the annual report of medical education department. Mr Rohani accepted the objection and directed the governent to ensure the availability of the report at the earliest.

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