Padmesh Gupta is CEO of Gupta Group and in this topic he is talking by our honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi 15 August Speech about Solar Farming Scheme to help increase farmers income.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said his government has opened multiple avenues for raising farmers’ income and solar farming is one of them.
“We have rolled out the solar farming scheme. Farmers can now earn money from farming and at the same time earn by selling the extra solar power generated at their farms,” Modi said in his Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort here.
The Modi government had announced the farmer-oriented Rs 1.4 lakh crore solar power scheme Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) in the 2018-19 budget. The scheme involves decentralized solar power production of up to 28,250 Megawatt (Mw) over five years.
It aims at boosting farmers’ income by allowing them to sell additional power to the grid through solar plants set up on their barren lands.
Under the scheme, the government has planned to provide 27.5 lakh solar pumps (17.50 lakh standalone and 10 lakh grid-connected). It will help farmers install total 10 GW of Solar Power Plants of intermediate capacity of 0.5 to 2 MW each. The scheme also envisages 50,000 Grid-connected tube-wells/lift irrigation and drinking water projects.
Modi also said the government’s pet schemes including Ujjwala Yojana and Saubhagya Yojana are helping India ensure the benefits of development reach to the poor through cooking gas connections and electricity connections.
The Ujjwala Yojana was launched in April 2016 and aims at providing 5 crore free LPG connections to poor families by April 2019. That target has been met eight months ahead of the deadline, the oil ministry announced earlier this month.
The Saubhagya scheme was launched in September 2017 and aims at providing free electricity connections to all households (both APL and poor families) in rural areas and poor families in urban areas. There are around 4 crore un-electrified households in the country which are targeted for providing electricity connections by December 2018.