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Farmers Recieve Solar Agricultural Pumps Under PM-KUSUM Scheme

The PM-KUSUM Scheme was launched on 31st October 2022 to achieve 10000 MW capacity through the installation of grid-connected solar power plants each of capacity up to 2 MW under Component A and solarisation of 35 lakh agriculture pumps under Component-B and Component-C.

PM-KUSUM is a demand-driven scheme and capacities are allocated based on demand received from the states. In a statement issued by Shri R.K Singh, Union Minister of Power and New & Renewable Energy in Lok Sabha today, As of 31.10.2022 an aggregate solar capacity of 73.45 MW has been installed under Component- A of the Scheme against a total allocation of 4886 MW capacity and over 1.52 lakh agriculture pumps have been reported solarised against the allocation of 33.5 lakh pumps under the Scheme.

Since the launch of the PM-KUSUM Scheme on 8.3.2019 until 31.10.2022, a total of 21499 farmers in the State of Maharashtra and 2242 farmers in the State of Tamil Nadu have benefitted under the PM-KUSUM Scheme.

The implementing agencies of the PM-KUSUM Scheme, in the States/ UTs have to provide priority to the small and marginal farmers while selecting the beneficiaries. Further, separate budgetary allocations are made under the Scheme for the beneficiaries belonging to Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes and also those living in the North-Eastern States. Therefore, benefits under the Scheme are already available to the economically backward groups/areas of the country.