Saur Sujala Yojana Scheme
Chhattisgarh is a land of agriculture and irrigation. Saur Sujala Yojana is a central govt. initiative directed towards the betterment and welfare of the farmers of the state of Chhattisgarh. Under the scheme, solar pumps will be distributed to the farmers which will help them in agriculture and irrigating their farm – lands. There are quite a many villages in Chhattisgarh where the distributions of electricity have not been possible till date by the state govt. Hence the Saur Sujala Yojana will become a blessing for those farmers who want irrigation farcicalities that need electric power. Through these centrally subsidized solar pumps, they will be able to irrigate their lands by pumping water with the help of solar energy.
Aim of the Saur Sujala Yojana
The UPA Govt. has a unique vision to provide solar powered pumping devices to be used for irrigation by the farmers of Chhattisgarh. The beneficiaries of the Saur Sujala Yojana will be given solar pumps at very subsidized rates. The scheme will work on the priority basis and implementation will be stronger on those regions where there is no reach of electricity. Saur Sujala Yojana will not only make the farmers more capable and efficient on farming their lands, but also will add in the agricultural and rural development of Chhattisgarh.
Chhattisgarh Rajyotsav will be the eve of launching the Saur Sujala Yojana
Chhattisgarh is a newly formed state after getting partitioned from Bihar 15 years ago. This year, it will be celebrating its 16th anniversary of statehood. This celebration is termed as the Chhattisgarh Rajyotsav 2016. The statehood celebrations will start from 1st November, 2016. The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shree Narendra Modi will also be present in the occasion along with the CM of Chhattisgarh Shree Raman Singh. He has chosen this occasion as the launching pad of various new schemes which will be implemented with the collaboration with the state government of Chhattisgarh. The Chhattisgarh Rajyotsav will run for five days which will be organized in Naya Raipur. Naya Raipur is a newly developed city of Chattisgarh and will work as a perfect venue for the Chhattisgarh Rajyotsav this year which is about the social, economic and agricultural development of Chhattisgarh. The Saur Sujala Yojana will be launched in first day of the Rajyotsav itself. A string of several other schemes will also be launched simultaneously.
How many beneficiaries will be registered under the Saur Sujala Yojana?
The Saur Sujala Yojana is mainly aimed for those areas where electricity has not reached yet. So most regions, with the presence of electric power supply will not the benefit of the govt. sponsored subsidized solar power pumps. However, the state govt. has identified several zones where there is a need of these solar pumps so that the farmers can utilize them in irrigation and agriculture. A total of 51,000 farmers will be handed over these subsidized solar pumping devices in Chhattisgarh. The selection of the farmers will be done by the state government’s organization which looks after the development of renewable sources of energy.
Project implementation of the Saur Sujala Yojana
The launch of the Saur Sujala Yojana will be done on 1st November, 2016, which is the first day of the Chhattisgarh Rajyotsav. On this date, several eligible beneficiaries will be handed over solar pumping devices by the PM of India. After that CREDA will take the responsibility to distribute these subsidized solar pumps to the farmers who need them for irrigation as there is no electricity in their villages. As per CREDA sources, a total of 11,000 such solar pumps will be distributed in the 2016 – 2017 financial year itself. The scheme for distributing solar pumps in subsidized rates will be terminated by the end of March, 2019. The govt. has aimed to distribute 51,000 solar pumps in total with the termination date of the scheme.
Some important facts of the Saur Sujala Yojana Scheme
|Sl. No.||Fields||Related information|
|1||Name of scheme||Saur Sujala Yojana|
|2||State of implementation||Chhattisgarh|
|3||Governing authority||Dept. of Energy, Govt. of Chhattisgarh|
|4||Technical support agency||Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA)|
|5||Date of launch||1st Nov, 2016|
|6||Occasion of launch||16th Statehood anniversary of Chhattisgarh.|
|7||Total no. of target beneficiaries||51,000|
|8||Total no. of targeted beneficiaries for financial year 2016-2017||11,000|
|9||Types of solar pumps to be provided||3 hp and 5 hp solar pumps|
|10||Market price of 3 hp solar pump||Rs. 3.5 lakh|
|11||Expected subsidized rate of 3 hp solar pump||Rs. 7,000 – Rs. 18,000|
|12||Market price of 5 hp solar pump||Rs. 4.5 lakh|
|13||Expected subsidized rate of 5 hp solar pump||Rs. 10,000 – Rs. 20,000|
Two types of solar pumps to be provided under the Saur Sujala Yojana
The Modi govt. ahs decided to distribute two types of solar pumps to the beneficiaries of the Saur Sujala Yojana. These solar pumps will be of two different capacities and configurations. The first one will be a 3 hp solar pump. This will be beneficial for the small scale farmers for performing their irrigation activities. The second type is the 5 hp solar pump which is of higher capacity and has ability to pump more water. This will be beneficial to the mid to large scale farmers with more farmland. Both these solar pumps will be highly efficient and CREDA will provide technical support in installation and maintenance of these solar pumps.
Subsidy to be provided on the solar irrigation pumps under the Saur Sujala Yojana
As per market rate, a 5 hp solar pump has a price of around Rs. 4.5 lakh at present. Under the Saur Sujala Yojana, the needful farmers will be provided these pumps at a subsidized price. The subsidized price for 5 hp solar pumps per unit will be around Rs. 10,000 – Rs. 20,000, which is not fixed at this time. The lower capacity solar pump i.e. the 3 hp pump costs around Rs. 3.5 lakh in the market. It will be provided to the eligible farmers within the price range of Rs. 7,000 – Rs. 18,000 under this scheme. So this is a huge discount on the solar pumps, which otherwise is unaffordable for the poor farmers. These solar pumps will help these needy farmers to have clean as well as uninterrupted electricity throughout the year.
How to get registered for the Saur Sujala Yojana?
The Agriculture Dept. of state govt. of Chhattisgarh will be the main registering authority of the beneficiaries of the scheme. Farmers are open to make applications for the scheme but the selection of eligible farmers for distribution of subsidized solar pumps will be dome by the Agriculture Dept. Application forms will be available in the block offices and agricultural offices for the scheme. The forms must be filled up properly along with necessary documentation and should be submitted in that agricultural office only. There will be an application fee for the scheme. After receipt of application, the CREDA will start their investigation on whether the applicant is eligible for the scheme.
Information of beneficiaries needed for joining the scheme
The Agricultural Dept. will be responsible in collecting several information from the applicants for the Saur Sujala Yojana. The name and address of the beneficiary will be collected along with proper documents like proof of identity and address proof. Aadhar number is mandatory for joining the scheme. So those who are willing to get subsidized solar pumps must enroll themselves for Aadhar card. After these verifications, the bank account details of the beneficiary are needed. The applicants must mention details of one savings bank account. It will contain details like name of the bank, account number and the IFSC code. Mobile number is mandatory information that is to be provided by the applicants. The beneficiaries will get updates via SMS on the project.
Technical investigation by CREDA after application form receipt
After the application is received by a farmer, there will be technical investigation and it will be decided whether the applicant should be given the subsidized solar pump or not. The technical investigating team will start its work within 15 days of receipt of application form. The system engineer will lead the technical investigation of each case and will go to the actual site to get the detailed report. Report will be submitted to the CREDA officials after thorough investigation and then finally the eligibility of the applicant will be confirmed.
Sanction of solar pumps
After proper technical investigation by the CREDA team, the applicant will be provided with the solar irrigation pump. This pump will be provided at a subsidized price. The complete setup will be disbursed to the agricultural office or the block office where the applicant has filled up the application for solar pump. After the payment of the subsidized price which supposed to be finalized, the solar pump will be handed over to the farmers.
Technical support in installation and maintenance of the solar pumps
The CREDA will be the responsible authority for the installation as well as maintenance of the solar pumping devices to the eligible farmers. The system engineer will supervise the whole process of installation. At first, all the sources of water like ponds, well, lake, etc. will be inspected by the system engineer. A feasible and efficient mode of water will be evaluated which will be the source of irrigation. The solar pump will be installed accordingly so that the water could be pumped out easily from the water source and deployed to the farmland. Even after the installation process, CREDA will provide full support to these solar pumps afterwards. They will provide the repairing, cleaning and installation of new solar plates in future.
Other schemes to be launched during the Chhattisgarh Rajyotsav
Apart from providing the subsidized solar pump to eligible farmers across the state, the Prime Minister is also going to launch several other schemes in Chhattisgarh. A jungle safari initiative in the state is going to be launched by Modi. This will be done in an area of 320 hectares forest. Also a BRTS will be installed in Naya Raipur. He is also going to unveil a statue of Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya in the state. The last day of the five day program of Chhattisgarh Rajyotsav will be attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.