Over 12,000 solar pumps have been distributed so far to the farmers at subsidised rates under ‘Saur Sujala Yojna’ in Chhattisgarh. “About 12,161 solar powered pumps had been provided to the farmers till now against the target of 11,300 under ‘Saur Sujala Yojna’ since the inception of the scheme in November last year,” an energy department official said here today. Chief Minister Raman Singh was informed about the development under the scheme while he was chairing a review meeting of the energy department at his official residence today, he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the ‘Saur Sujala’ scheme on state’s foundation day on November 1, 2016 in Raipur. It’s aim was to strengthen agriculture by providing irrigation facilities, particularly where there is no power supply, and development of farmers in the state, he said. During the meeting, the chief minister instructed the officials to focus more in 85 tribal-dominated development blocks for the distribution of the solar energy-based irrigation pumps, the official said. Singh expressed satisfaction that the department had distributed more solar pumps than the set target and congratulated the officials, he said. Read more