Chhattisgarh offers free power to farmers

June 1st, 2009 - 9:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, June 1 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh government Monday announced that it will provide free electricity to farmers using irrigation pumps under five horse power capacity.
The scheme, which will cost the state exchequer an estimated Rs.150 crore annually, will come into effect from Aug 15 this year, an official statement said.

The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting here, presided over by Chief Minister Raman Singh.

The free power tariff supply scheme will be an extension of an existing scheme of the government that charges zero tariff to farmers of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes on consumption of electricity by their irrigation pumps, the release added.

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