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Farmer’s tweet to Modi wakes up power company

Vijayakumar Yatnal, a farmer of Betageri village near Koppal, tried to get the the Prime Minister’s attention through Twitter.

Published: 16th June 2017 09:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th June 2017 09:51 AM   |  A+A-

​ Vijayakumar Yatnal ​

Express News Service

KOPPAL: After coming to know about a farmer tweeting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about a grievance related to power supply line,  Gulbarga Electricity Company (GESCOM) officials attended to the complaint which has been pending since April this year.

Vijayakumar Yatnal, a farmer of Betageri village near Koppal, tried to get the the Prime Minister’s attention through Twitter.

His problem was the lethargy of the GESCOM staff in attending to his complaint to remove an electric pole that had fallen onto his field in April.

The pole posed a threat to labourers and obstructed sowing activities. Despite repeated complaints to the GESCOM staff, it had turned a deaf ear to his appeal.

Subsequently, he sent his complaint copy and a photo of the electric pole to the Prime Minister’s twitter handle on June 12. Taking a screen-shot of his tweet, he passed the information to the media on Wednesday. When officials came to know about his efforts to approach Modi, GESCOM staff landed at his doorstep on Thursday and removed the electric pole and installed a new one.

Vijaykumar said he he was unaware of any direction from the Prime Minister’s office to GESCOM.
GESCOM executive engineer M S Pattar said it was routine work being attended by the GESCOM engineers. He also made it clear that there was no instruction from the PMO.
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