Farmers rally against high power bills

Saturday, September 27, 2014


MULTAN: Members of the Kissan Ittehad Pakistan took out a rally and staged a demonstration at Chowk Nawan Sher against high electricity bills and a delay in increasing the cotton prices despite a sharp increase in inputs prices on Friday.

The protesters also burnt electricity bills and cotton in protest. They demanded a cut in the domestic power tariff, fixation of agriculture tariff at Rs 8 per unit and waiver of GST on agriculture inputs. Speaking on the occasion, PKI president Malik Khalid Mehmood Khokhar demanded the government fix the Phutti support price at Rs 4000 per 40 kg. He demanded that the government should involve the Trading Corporation of Pakistan in the market for disposal of cotton stock otherwise farmers would burn their produce.

He said that the electricity unit had reached to Rs 15, which was Rs 3 per unit in 2007. He said farmers had unanimously decided that they would not pay their electricity bills and reimburse their agriculture loans.

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