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FARMERS WON’T HAVE TO PAY FOR POWER UNDER DBTE, DECLARES PUNJAB CM

Refuting the opposition’s allegations and misleading propaganda in this regard, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday made it clear farmers would neither be forced, nor would they have to make any payment, under the Pilot Project on Direct Benefit Transfer for Electricity (DBTE) for agriculture consumers. Underlining the importance of the project in view of the grave problem of depleting ground water table in the state, the Chief Minister asserted that, contrary to the falsehoods being spread by the Opposition, no farmers would be charged for power consumption. The direct benefit had been mooted as a solution to the worsening groundwater problem, said the Chief Minister, while announcing farm debt waiver for another 3 lakh farmers before the budget session, likely to be held in the first week of March.


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