6 lakh farmers to get about Rs. 180 crore relief
Bhopal, October 22, 2015 (Ataullah Faizan): The state government has taken yet another decision to provide relief to farmers facing drought due to deficient rainfall. According to it, farmers will be given temporary electricity connections by realizing from them 2 months’ advance of electricity bills instead of 3 months. This decision will give relief of about Rs. 180 crore to about 6 lakh farmers. Earlier, there was provision to deposit 3 months’ electricity bills by farmers for obtaining temporary connections. On getting temporary connection severed, farmers were refunded remaining amount after adjusting amount for actual consumption from advance payment. For obtaining temporary connection for 5-horsepower agriculture pump, a farmer had to deposit Rs. 8,770 with power company. Following this decision, temporary connections can be taken by depositing only Rs. 5,847.
In this way, every farmer will save Rs. 3000 on a temporary connection. Energy Department has directed power distribution companies to give priority to follow this decision while giving temporary connections to farmers in their respective areas. A meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan had reviewed situation arising out of deficient rainfall to provide relief to farmers. Decisions in favour of farmers are being taken in this context.