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Punjab govt must release white paper on electricity: AAP

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

The (AAP) today demanded the to release a on the current situation of electricity production and demand in the state.

and the party's chief whip in the Assembly, Sukhpal Singh Khaira alleged that the was unable to meet the power requirement in the state but at the same time, it was talking about selling electricity to and

Punjab's economy depended on agriculture and the paddy farmers of the state needed 24-hour uninterrupted power supply, he told reporters here, while alleging that in the peak farming season, they were provided with only eight hours of electricity.

Khaira pointed out that many small villages and remote areas of the state were still deprived of electricity.

"The itself does not have any clarity about the power situation in the state as the electricity minister has asked to review the power purchase agreements with private players," the leader alleged, adding that clarity was necessary before taking further steps to sell electricity.

He termed the state government's claim of being a power surplus state as an "eyewash".

"ties are not cordial and there are differences of opinion between the two countries on various issues. Hence, selling electricity to in the current backdrop does not make sense," said Khaira.

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First Published: Fri, April 21 2017. 18:29 IST