MNRE Warns Against Fraudulent Websites for PM-KUSUM Scheme

The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a precautionary warning for people against fraudulent websites claiming to be registration portals for Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) Scheme.

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The Ministry said that “it has recently noticed that few new websites have cropped up as registration portal for Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) Scheme.”

Such websites are potentially duping the general public and misusing data captured through fake registration portal, it added.

Earlier on March 18, 2019, the government had issued advisory advising beneficiaries and the general public to refrain from depositing any registration fee and sharing their data on such websites.

Despite this, new cases of fraudulent websites have been noticed again, the Ministry further said.

Hence, it has been again advised by MNRE to all potential beneficiaries and the general public to be informed and avoid depositing money or data on these websites, MNRE advised.

Moreover, MNRE said that any suspected fraudulent website, if noticed by anyone, may be reported to it.

Administrative approval for PM-KUSUM Scheme was issued by MNRE on March 8, 2019, and guidelines for implementation of the scheme were issued on July 22, 2019.

The Scheme provides for the installation of solar pumps, solarization of existing grid-connected agricultural pumps and installation of grid-connected renewable power plants.

Further, it is being implemented through state government agencies, and the list of these agencies, implementation guidelines and other details about the Scheme are available on the official portal of the Ministry:

Thus, interested people among the general public may visit the MNRE website or call on helpline number 1800-180-3333, it added.

This scheme has three components:

  • Component-A: Installation of 10 GW of renewable energy power plants of individual plant capacity up to 2 MW on barren and fallow land.
  • Component-B: Installation of 17.5 lakh standalone solar pumps of capacity up to 7.5 HP.
  • Component-C: Solarization of 10 lakh existing grid-connected agricultural pumps of pump capacity up to 7.5 HP.

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Manu Tayal

Manu is an Associate Editor at Saur Energy International where she writes and edits clean & green energy news, featured articles and interview industry veterans with a special focus on solar, wind and financial segments.