Farmers in Rajasthan use electricity for irrigation on a large scale. In such a situation, the government has also come forward to help them. Taking a big step towards the economic empowerment of farmers Chief Minister Kisan Mitra Energy Scheme is applied. The state government claims that the electricity bill of about 7 lakh 50 thousand farmers of the state has become zero due to this scheme. That is, these farmers are getting free electricity. The state government started this scheme on July 17, 2021 and its benefit was given from the billing month of May, 2021.
Minister of State for Power Bhanwar Singh Bhati says that Mukhyamantri Kisan Mitra Urja Yojana is a big initiative to increase the income of farmers and make them worry-free from the cost of electricity. He informed that the benefit of the scheme is being given to all the agricultural consumers of general category, rural meter and flat rate category.
Annual benefit of 12 thousand rupees
Bhati said that under the scheme, agricultural consumers are being given an additional grant of one thousand rupees per month and maximum 12 thousand rupees per year in the agricultural electricity bill. This grant is being given through adjustment in the electricity bill. If the bill amount is less than one thousand rupees in any month, the benefit of the balance amount of grant is being adjusted in the next month of the same financial year, so that the farmer gets the full benefit of the exemption. With this scheme of the government, agricultural electricity has become almost free for the small and middle class farmers in the state.
how much profit
Bhaskar A Sawant, Principal Secretary, Energy Department said that till August 2022, an additional grant of more than Rs 1324 crore 47 lakh has been provided to about 12 lakh 75 thousand agricultural consumers of the state under the scheme. During this period, zero amount electricity bills have been issued to about 7 lakh 48 thousand 899 agricultural consumers. Rural agricultural consumers are getting great relief through this scheme.
what do farmers say
Farmer Kamlesh Sharma of Dausa district says that before the start of Mukhyamantri Kisan Mitra Energy Yojana, he had to pay 10 to 12 thousand rupees for agricultural electricity in a year. But since the scheme has started, his electricity bill has become zero. They are able to use this money in other activities related to agriculture. The government has given a big relief to the farmers through this scheme.
Farmer Shankar of Dungarpur district says that his agricultural electricity bill used to come up to one thousand rupees per month, but due to the subsidy of one thousand rupees in Kisan Mitra Energy Yojana, his agricultural electricity bill now comes to zero. This made farming easier. Have got freedom from depositing electricity bill every month.
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