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Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) recently passed notice on Clarification for implementation of Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) Scheme.
On 22.7.2019 Ministry issued guidelines for implementation of the PM-KUSUM Scheme and subsequent amendments/ clarification was issued thereon.
Clarifications have been sought from State Implementing Agencies on certain issues relating to implementing the PM-KUSUM Scheme. Accordingly the ministry issued the following clarification :
(a) For Component-B and Component-C, the state share of subsidy shall be minimum 30% of the applicable MNRE benchmark cost or cost discovered through tender, whichever is lower. The states are free to provide a higher share of subsidy to reduce the beneficiary farmer contribution, however, the central financial assistance (CFA) would be limited to 30% of the applicable MNRE benchmark cost or cost discovered through tender, whichever is lower for pump capacity up to 7.5 HP.
(b) Option is available with the farmer to install Universal Solar Pump Controller (USPC) under Component-B, for which the farmer has to bear the additional cost for USPC. There is no CFA on additional cost of USPC, however, the states are free to bear the additional cost for USPC fully or partly, to facilitate the farmer to install USPC.
(c) Under Component-C, there is no CFA for replacement of existing less efficient grid connected agriculture pumps with energy efficient agriculture pumps, however, the states are free to provide additional financial support for replacement of existing pumps with energy efficient pumps.