Agriculture is the backbone of the Indian economy, and it is one of the largest employment sectors.
So, there is good news for the people who belong to the agriculture sector!
The Central Government of India has announced the Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan or KUSUM scheme to develop decentralized renewable power, which further replaces the Agriculture Diesel Pumps with Solarise Grid-connected Agriculture pumps. The PM KUSUM Yojana got administrative approval in March 2019 by the Minister of New and Renewable Energy of India, and the guidelines were framed in July 2019. The KUSUM scheme aims to add solar and the other renewable capacity of 25,750 MW by 2022 along with the total central financial support of Rs. 34,422 crore including from the service charges to the implementing agencies.
So, under the KUSUM Yojana scheme, farmers, groups of farmers, co-operative societies, and panchayats can apply to plant a solar pump for agriculture purposes. Furthermore, the farmers can create an additional source of income by selling the extra power to the government directly.
Components of KUSUM Scheme
The total costs of the KUSUM scheme are divided into three components to help farmers. The government provides a 60% of subsidy and gives 30% costs of loans to the farmers. The farmers need to give only 10% of the total project costs. So, let’s see the three components of the KUSUM scheme,
- Under this component, 10,000 MW of decentralized renewable energy power plants in grid form are connected on barren land.
- All the grids are set up by the farmers, farmers groups, panchayats, co-operatives, Water User Associations(WUA), and Farmer Producer Organizations.
- Power plants will be installed within a radius of 5 Kms of the sub-station.
- Under this component, farmers will be assisted by the government to install stand-alone solar agriculture pumps up to Rs 17.50 Lakh.
- Existing diesel agriculture pumps can replace the agriculture pump with a maximum capacity of 7.5 HP.
- Under this scheme, farmers will replace grid-connected pumps with solar pumps for irrigation needs.
- Extra solar power will be sold to the Distribution Companies of India(DISCOMs)at a pre-decided rate.
Documents Required for KUSUM Scheme
To get all the benefits of the KUSUM scheme, you can register on the official website with the necessary documents,
- Aadhaar Card
- Declaration Form
- Bank Account Details
- Land Documents
How to Apply Online for KUSUM Scheme?
To apply for the KUSUM scheme, you need to visit the official online portal. Let’s check out the following steps for application given below,
- Visit the official KUSUM Yojana online portal.
- On the homepage, log in with the reference number.
- After logging only, you can access the application form.
- On the left corner of the home page, tap on the apply button.
- After clicking on the button, the registration page will display the application form.
- Fill up the form with the correct credentials and click on the submit button to complete the process.
- Lastly, once the application form got submitted, the registration will be confirmed via text message.
Benefits of KUSUM Scheme
- The KUSUM scheme enables the decentralization of the production of solar power.
- The DISCOMS transmission losses will be under control.
- The DISCOMS or Subsidy burden of the agriculture sector will be decreased to a large extent.
- The farmers can sell the extra powers generated by the solar plants to the grid.
- The scheme comes with an initiative to a green economy in India.
- This scheme also aids in the de-dieseling of the agricultural sector.
- Other benefits of this scheme include water security, conservation of water, and energy efficiency.