Nagpur: Former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar appeared to be targeting State Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule over the snapping of farmers’ power connections. Addressing a meeting at a place Pawar said that he would stop Energy Minister Bawankule from moving in the state if the power connections are further snapped this way. Replying to Pawar, Bawankule said that the Former Deputy Chief Minister should not forget that during his time two lakh power connections were snapped along with transformer. He further said that levelling baseless charges against him was a political stunt.
According to Energy Minister their government was making avaliable the power which Rs 6 per unit for just Rs 1. And government itself was paying the money. He further said that the power distribution company was running in loss beacuse of unpaid power bills. The power has to be bought to reach it to consumer. He said that the government has given a chance to the farmers to regularise their connections by paying just 3000 to 5000.
‘Demand to increase the rate of power but decision not taken’
Bawankule made it clear that in the discussion there was a demand to increase the rate of power in State but till now no decision has been taken.
He further said that there has been a proposal from Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Corporation Limited (MSEDCL) to Mahrashtra Electricity Regulatory Corporation (MERC) but no decision has been taken.