Solar Energy Farmers Pumping Sets Soon Under PM KUSUM Scheme – Sunil Kumar
Udupi: “Karnataka will soon start providing solar-powered pump sets to farmers, reducing the subsidy burden on the department,” Energy, Kannada and Culture Minister V Sunil Kumar said during a Meet the Press at Udupi Patrika Bhavan on October 22. .
Addressing the media, Minister V Sunil Kumar said the government would provide solar power to agricultural pump sets under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan. The Power Department planned to install 1,100 exclusive solar powered feeders to ensure uninterrupted power supply to irrigation pump sets across the state.
Minister Kumar further said, “We will provide solar power to feeders so that farmers can use them in pump sets. 1000 MW power feeders will provide quality energy supply to farmers. Farmers were earlier provided with solar irrigation pump sets, but this was found to be inadequate where the groundwater table has declined drastically. Those pumps could not raise water from a depth of 800-900 meters. The new system will provide farmers with quality energy.”
Minister Kumar also said, “Department of Energy was paying more attention to transparency in its work. During the 100-day Belaku Scheme, 2.5 lakh houses were energized. More than 200 transformer banks and 210 transformer repair stations have been established since he headed the department. From the heads of the electricity supply companies to the line workers, all employees were involved in the transformer maintenance campaign. He also fulfilled his promise to provide 75 units of free electricity to the homes of people belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes under the Amrutha Jyothi scheme.
In order to solve the energy issues faster, the Energy Department has proposed to hold “Vidyut Adalat” on the third Saturday of every month. The department has planned to address all energy issues especially in rural areas through this monthly ‘Vidyut Adalat’. Kumar explained that while the tenders for setting up 1,108 electric vehicle charging stations were being finalised, ESCOMs were holding Vidyuth Adalat every third Saturday to address electricity-related grievances on the spot.
Assistant Executive Engineers (AEEs) and other officials of Power Corporations have been asked to visit even the last village in their respective taluks. Officials should take the initiative to solve energy problems and other issues on the spot or quickly.
Speaking about the Department of Kannada and Culture, Sunil Kumar said that he took the initiative to select the Rajyotsava awardees on the recommendation of the common man. Nevertheless, the Department received 28,000 applications for the award, and 67 were to be selected. The department would ensure that unsung heroes are selected for awards.
District Working Journalists Union President Rajesh Shetty Alevoor, Secretary Nazir Polya, Treasurer Umesh Marpalli, Pathirka Bhavan Convener Ajith Shetty, Co-convener Ankith Shetty were present.