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CPI(M) opposes privatisation of power distribution

By Our Staff Correspondent

MADIKERI, FEB. 10. The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M), Kodagu unit, has opposed the move of the State Government to privatise the electricity distribution system and the proposed move to install meters to irrigation pumpsets and for Bhagyajyoti installations.

Peter Lobo, party district secretary, has in a statement here on Tuesday termed the statements of the Power Minister that meters would be fixed to irrigation pumpsets as a retrograde step. Consumers would not agree to the proposal as agriculture and industrial sectors were facing a crisis. The Janata Dal (Secular), a coalition partner with the Congress in the Government, was toeing the lines of the previous Congress Government, he alleged.

Mr. Lobo accused the State Government of buckling under press from the World Bank. The move of the Government to book those who opposed its policies would boomerang, he said. Though delayed a full-fledged Ministry had come into being in the State, it had failed to live up to the expectations of the people, he said.

Mr. Lobo urged the Government to announce relief to the families of poor farmers, who committed suicide. If not the Bharatiya Janata Party would capitalise on the issue.

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