The Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha Evam Utthan Mahaabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) scheme, launched in July this year to encourage farmers to use solar electricity pumps instead of high-emitting diesel pumps, has reportedly led to large-scale job losses among the EPC contractors of agriculture solar pumps.
The scheme has a target to install 17.50 lakh solar pumps in Indian farms by 2022.
Under the scheme participation of the contractors —system integrators — has been barred and only manufacturers of solar pumps and panels are eligible to bid for the tenders. Around 800 system integrators in India who have installed more than 2 lakh solar pumps till now across the country have been left high and dry, according to sources. Read More
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