Maharashtra Mukhyamantri Agricultural Solar Feeder Scheme – The State Government of Maharashtra led by the Hon’ble Chief Minister Mr. Devendra Fadnavis is going to initiate a new scheme named “Mukhyamantri Agricultural Solar Feeder Scheme“. Under this scheme, the state government will provide the solar feeder in order to ensure 12-hour power supply for agricultural pumps across the state. The main motive of the state government behind launching this scheme is to provide electricity at affordable rates for at least 12 hours per day to the farmers.
Details of Maharashtra Mukhyamantri Agricultural Solar Feeder Scheme
As per the official notification, the state government has informed that the distribution of portable solar pumps, which were distributed earlier, due to non-receipt of adequate response from the farmers of the state has not been properly cured. Therefore, the government is now planning to produce solar energy through small 2 factories.
In the initial phase, solar energy will be distributed only to dedicated feeders. At present, the Government is implementing Solar Power Production Projects in Solapur and Latur on the basis of Public Private Partnership (PPP).
Objectives of Maharashtra Mukhyamantri Agricultural Solar Feeder Scheme
The main objective of this scheme is to provide at least 12 hours electricity at affordable rates to the farmers. Through the Solar Feeder scheme, the Maharashtra government will ensure the cheap electricity for the next three years for the farmers of the state. Recently, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fandavis worshiped the land of the first solar project in Ralegan Siddhi under the “Mukhyamantri Agricultural Solar Feeder Scheme”.
In addition, the government is going to set up solar power plants to ensure a continuous supply of power to the farmers in all seasons. Farmers get electricity of Rs 1.20 per unit. The tender process for this scheme has been completed and the process of installing 500 MW solar panels will be completed by March 2018. The Government will officially launch the “Chief Minister Solar Agricultural Vahini Yojna” in April 2018.
For the installation of solar energy panels, the state government is leasing their agricultural land to farmers for a period of 15 years. Solar energy is a renewable source of energy and is available at cheaper rates. Therefore, the government is paying more attention to the establishment of solar panels across the state. “Chief Minister Solar Agricultural Vahini Scheme” will help in reducing the cost of the agricultural product and increase production.
Highlights of Maharashtra Mukhyamantri Agricultural Solar Feeder Scheme
- The main objective of this scheme is to provide Solar Feeder to farmers for ensuring 12-hour power supply to the farmers at affordable rates, which is used for farming.
- Under this scheme, the government will provide electricity to the farmers at affordable rates throughout the state.
- Under this scheme, farmers will get electricity of Rs 1.20 per unit.
- The Maharashtra government will set up a solar power plant in the state so that the farmers can ensure a continuous supply of power in all seasons.
- Savings from power generation can be used for the development of farmers.
The policy commission has appreciated this plan and also urged other states to repeat this model.