the State is keen on promoting solar-powered pumps in a big way.
The Tamil Nadu government has done away with the stipulation that farmers withdraw their applications for free power connections if they want to get covered under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evem Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM), a Central government scheme for installation of solar pumps with a 70% subsidy.
The decision has been taken as the State is keen on promoting solar-powered pumps in a big way among farmers, according to a senior official of the Agriculture Department.
Under the Chief Minister’s Solar Pump Sets Scheme, the Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, M.R.K. Panneerselvam has appealed.
The Tamil Nadu government, which has been implementing various schemes for the benefit of the agriculturists for the past two years, has set a record by providing one lakh electricity connections in the last year for the convenience of the farmers who have been waiting for many years for agricultural power connections. In the current year too, steps are being taken to provide electricity connection to more farmers.
Chief Minister’s Solar Power Pumpsets Scheme.
In the Agricultural Financial Report of the last year 2021-22, “With the increasing demand for electricity for well irrigation, in our state where solar energy is available in large quantities, the Chief Minister’s plan to set up solar-powered pumpsets, which has been widely used in agriculture, will be implemented. “Under the scheme to set up stand-alone solar-powered pumpsets, 5000 pumpsets of up to 10 horsepower will be installed at 70 per cent subsidy,” it was announced.
OBJECTIVE AND BENEFIT OF THE PROJECT
The main objective of this scheme is to effectively use solar energy for agricultural work in our state, which has abundant sunshine for most days of the year. Solar-powered pumpsets provide uninterrupted power for 6 to 8 hours during the day, thereby enabling farmers to carry out well irrigation with ease.
Under this scheme. Farmers will be provided with 70 percent subsidy to install stand-alone solar-powered pumpsets without electrical infrastructure. The average cost and grant details for AC/DC submersible pump sets are as follows:
|EFFICIENCY OF SUBMERSIBLE MOTOR PUMP SETS||TOTAL PRICE (IN RUPEES)||GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY (70%) (IN RS.)||FARMER’S CONTRIBUTION (30 %) (IN RS.)|
Additional subsidy to small and marginal farmers belonging to Adi Dravida and tribal classes.
Small and marginal farmers belonging to Adi Dravida and tribal classes will be given 20 percent subsidy in addition to 70 percent subsidy. Due to this, the contribution amount of the farmers belonging to this division will decrease drastically.
Additional facilities available after installation of solar pumpset
Free maintenance and insurance facility will be provided for five years of solar powered standalone AC and DC pump sets installed under this scheme.
Eligibility for Solar Pump Set Subsidy
Must be farmers who have already installed wells and are doing irrigation with diesel engine without electricity connection. In case of constructing a new well, the ground water defined by the government will be allowed to be used under this scheme only in Safe Firka. After installing the solar pump set, the farmer has to give an undertaking to connect it to the micro irrigation system and carry out irrigation. If they have already applied to the Tamil Nadu Power Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) for free electricity connection, they have to issue a letter of consent to connect the solar pump set to the power grid while getting the free electricity connection as per their patent.
How to apply?
Farmers who want to benefit from this scheme can apply through Uhuvan App, https;//pmkusum.tn.gov.in or https;//aed.tn.gov.in. Apply in person by approaching the Sub-Divisional Assistant Executive Engineer (or) District Executive Engineer office of the nearest Agricultural Engineering Department.
a) Copy of Aadhaar Card
e) Chitta and inclusion for own land
d) Caste certificate if Adi Dravida, tribal farmers and copy of certificate for small and marginal farmer.
A solar pumpset is a boon for farmers who spend a lot of money on diesel engines for irrigation in remote areas without electricity. The agriculturists are requested to take advantage of the Chief Minister’s solar pump sets scheme launched by the Tamil Nadu Government in collaboration with the Union Government for the benefit of the farmers.