The Andhra Pradesh authorities on Monday launched one more welfare scheme of sinking agriculture borewells for small and marginal farmers belonging to arid and upland areas of the state freed from price.
Named as YSR Jala Kala, greater than three lakh borewells can be drilled at a value of Rs 2,340 crore in 144 rural meeting constituencies and 19 semi-urban meeting in a span of 4 years.
“The scheme would profit round two lakh farmers and convey an extra 5 lakh acres into cultivation,” chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy stated, after launching the scheme by video conferencing from his camp workplace at Tadepalli.
He stated the drilling of borewells can be on the idea of the feasibility report given after the hydro-geological and geo-physical surveys. The farmers also can avail a second likelihood, in case of a failure to attract water within the first try.
“All of the eligible farmers can avail of this initiative by making use of both on-line or by the village secretariats and the standing of their utility will be monitored at each stage,” Jagan stated.
He stated all these borewells would even be supplied with motors freed from price. This may trigger an extra burden of Rs 1,600 crore on the state exchequer.
Referring to the current resolution of the state authorities of putting in meters for all agricultural energy connections within the state, the chief minister stated the meters would trigger no burden on the farmers.
“They’re meant just for accumulating knowledge on the precise consumption of energy and measure the load on feeders. It is going to assist the federal government usher in transparency into the system. The quantity billed for the ability consumed by the farmers can be transferred into their financial institution accounts instantly they usually may, in flip, pay the identical to energy distribution corporations,” he stated.
Jagan stated in an effort to maintain the free agriculture energy provide scheme for not less than one other 30 years, a 10,000 MW photo voltaic vitality plan was developing within the non-public sector. “The free farm energy provide scheme was launched by my father late YS Rajasekhara Reddy and it might be continued without end,” he stated.
Describing his authorities as farmer-friendly, Jagan stated the federal government had already launched Rythu Bharosa Kendras to facilitate farmers with seeds, fertilisers, and in addition being developed as warehouses and crop procurement centres. The federal government can also be offering Rs 13,500 yearly for farmers underneath Rythu Bharosa, he stated.
Panchayat raj minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy, minister for roads and buildings M Sankara Narayana, district collectors and representatives of farmers took half within the programme.
Opposition Telugu Desam Get together described YSR Jala Kala scheme as bogus and a fraud being performed on the farmers by the Jagan authorities. “The federal government is already dishonest the farmers within the title of set up of meters to agriculture pump units which is simply a plan to deprive them of free energy provide,” senior TDP chief and former minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu stated.
He alleged that the set up of meters for farm energy connections would trigger an extra burden of over Rs four,000 crore on tax payers and now, the federal government needs to spend one other Rs 2,340 crore within the title of drilling new borewells.