AP govt brings again ‘free electrical energy’ DBT for agriculture customers in Srikakulam district


Final Replace: September 07, 2020, 21:56 IST

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The federal government issued an order renaming the scheme YSR Free Agriculture Energy, changing it with the Agricultural Electrical energy Money Switch Scheme introduced in a September 1 order.

Embarrassed by extreme protests from varied sections, together with farmers, the Andhra Pradesh authorities on Monday introduced again the phrase free electrical energy within the Krishi Vitality Provide Scheme, which will probably be applied in a brand new format from the subsequent monetary yr. The federal government issued an order renaming the scheme YSR Free Agriculture Energy, changing it with the Agricultural Electrical energy Money Switch Scheme introduced in a September 1 order.

Within the newest order, Vitality Secretary Srikanth Nagulapally stated that the scheme will probably be began in Srikakulam district from this month (on pilot foundation). The power secretary stated, “The month-to-month DBT quantity for Srikakulam district will probably be transferred by the federal government to the AP Japanese Energy Distribution Firm within the accounts of farmers, ranging from September 2020.

The YS Jagan Mohan Reddy authorities determined to put in sensible meters in all agricultural electrical energy connections as a part of the Centre-suggested reforms that the FRBM Act agreed to implement for a two per cent hike within the borrowing restrict. The rise in FRBM restrict will present a further mortgage of about Rs 20,000 crore to the closely indebted state through the present monetary yr.

Nevertheless, the transfer created an enormous controversy as all opposition events opposed it saying that the principle goal of the governments was to offer free electrical energy to the agriculture sector. The federal government labored laborious to counter the opposition’s claims, however didn’t reduce a lot snow, with doubts over the true objective of the meter set up.

Towards this background, the federal government gave a brand new identify to the scheme with free electrical energy.



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