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Haryana, according to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, is a leader in the country in solar water pumps installation to encourage micro-irrigation under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) plan.
During an inauguration ceremony performed via videoconference from Chandigarh, Khattar distributed solar pumps to farmers. According to an official release, persons who have done outstanding work in the area of solar energy were also honoured on this occasion.
The CM directed that all tubewells with less than 50 horsepower that are powered by electricity and utilized for agricultural purposes in the state be converted to solar energy.
The government subsidizes the purchase of solar pumps by 75%. Khattar inquired in-depth about the plan through his conversation with the beneficiary farmers. During the meeting, the farmers informed the chief minister that they only needed to pay 25% of the total sum, since the government covered the rest of the cost of installing the solar pumps.
Under the state government’s ‘Har Khet Ko Pani’ initiative, CM asked the deputy commissioners to conduct a specific campaign to encourage micro-irrigation, drip irrigation, spray irrigation, or irrigation from communal ponds instead of flood irrigation and guarantee that water reaches every field.
The CM expressed that 7 years back not much had been done to encourage the use of solar energy, and only 492 solar pumps had been established in the state as of 2014.
Taking this into consideration, the present state administration has developed a road map for the promotion of solar energy.
He stated that during the last seven years, 25,897 solar pump sets have been erected, and that work on adding 13,800 pumps is now underway. The present government’s objective is to boost green energy, he continued.
Every year, farmers receive a subsidy of around Rs 6,500 crore in the agriculture industry. Solar energy adoption will help lessen the subsidy load and conserve water. This would also save the farmers’ diesel and enhance their revenue, CM said.
The chief minister stated that a proposal to use 20% of Panchkula district’s electricity from solar power has been created for the year 2024.
Aside from that, under the ‘Kachre se Kanchan’ plan, initiatives to produce power from trash are being undertaken in Sonipat and Gurugram. This would encourage hygiene and provide added electricity, Khattar mentioned.