RAMBAN: Chief Executive Officer, Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JAKEDA), Babila Rakwal. in presence of the Deputy Commissioner, Ramban, Mussarat Islam, launched a publicity cum awareness programme for installation of solar power agriculture pumps under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Uthan Mahabhiyaan (PM-KUSUM) scheme in the district, here today.
DDC Councilor, Renuka Katoch; ADDC, Rajinder Sharma; CAO, Farooq Ahmad, other senior officers, PRIs and farmers attended the programme.
After launching the awareness campaign, the CEO, JAKEDA said that the PM-KUSUM scheme has been launched by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Gol for uplift of farmers in the country. In the first phase 5000 Solar Powered Pumps shall be installed in J&K out of which 2500 will be installed in the current fiscal, she added.
She said that keeping in view the topography and irrigation challenges in the district, the UT level campaign was started from Ramban to provide maximum benefit to farmers of the district from this beneficiary oriented schemes.
She said that under the scheme, Subsidized Solar Powered Agriculture Pumps in the capacity range of 2 HP to 10 HP shall be installed throughout the country. The scheme provides for 50% subsidy from the Central Government, 30% from the Govt. of J&K and only 20% as farmer’s share.
The scheme shall be implemented in J&K by the Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JAKEDA), department of Science & Technology.
Speaking on the occasion, the DC asked the DDC Councilor and PRIs to sensitize the farmers to take benefit of this farmer- friendly scheme. He also highlighted the advantages of solar pumps over the conventional ones which would save fossil fuel and electricity apart from preserving the environment. He also urged the farmers to submit their applications to the concerned committee headed by the Chief Agriculture Officer.
The DC said that with the installation of solar pumps our dependence on electricity, petrol and Diesel would come down which will be economically beneficial for the farmers.