Mumbai: The Maharashtra state cabinet chaired by the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday given its nod to distribute one lakh solar pumps used for agriculture purpose to the farmers in next three years. Speaking to newspersons, Chandrashekhar Bawankule, minister for power said, “The farmers will avail benefit of solar pumps in the next three years under Mukhyamantri Saur Krishi Pump Yojana (Chief Minister Solar Agriculture Pump Scheme). Once, the scheme will be implemented, farmers will get electricity even at the day time.”
At present, there is load shedding during day time in rural areas and farmers get electricity only at night time. “The scheme will be implemented in the years 2018-19 to 2020-21. In the first year, 25,000 farmers will get the benefit of the scheme. In the second year, 50,000 farmers will be distributed solar pumps whereas in third and last year of the scheme, remaining 25,000 will get it,” said the minister.
The supplier will have to take responsibility of maintaining of the pumps for the next five years. The farmers who have applied for the pump earlier, will be selected on priority to avail the benefit of the scheme. The government will bare the expenses from its exchequer, however, the amount will be raise by loan by the state government and the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (Mahavitaran).
The share of the government for the farmers belonging to general category will be Rs 67.71 crore, Rs 8.3 crore for the farmers from Scheduled Caste (SC) from budget allotted to SC component and Rs 10.14 crore from the Scheduled Tribes (STs) for the farmers belonging to ST category. The minister said, the government has transferred subsidy of Rs 4870 crore to Mahavitaran against the exemption given in the electricity tariff to the farmers.