To bear Rs.1,000-cr. farmers' electricity charges from next year
HYDERABAD: The Government has decided to absorb from next year the entire expense of about Rs. 1,000 crores towards power charges, payable by the farmers for running the pumpsets of new lift irrigation schemes.
This will be in addition to Rs. 2,400-crore worth electricity benefit allowed to farmers in the form of subsidy going to the free power supply and waiver of their arrears.
This decision was taken at a high level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, and attended by Major Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshmaiah, to review the progress of irrigation projects here on Monday. The power requirement of new lift schemes is estimated at 55 million units a day, Mr. Lakshmaiah told reporters.
He said that it was resolved to enter into agreements with NTPC and AP Genco for execution of new hydro-electric stations like Pranahita-Chevella, Pulichintala, Singareddypalli and Polavaram.
The meeting also decided to bring out a `Canal Manual' soon to ensure supply of water to the tail-end areas.
Noting that there was delay in acquisition of lands for irrigation projects, the Chief Minister approved a proposal to shift 45 special Deputy Collectors engaged in the work from the Revenue to the Irrigation Department.