PM Modi Launches ‘Kisan Suryoday Yojana’ for Farmers in Gujarat

PM Modi has launched the ‘Kisan Suryoday Yojana’ in Gujarat with the aim of providing 16 hours of power supply to farmers in the state every day.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently inaugurated 3 key projects in Gujarat through video conferencing. The key project that was launched was the ‘Kisan Suryoday Yojana’, which has been established with the aim of providing 16 hours of power supply to farmers in the state every day.

To provide day-time power supply for irrigation, the Gujarat Government under Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had recently announced the ‘Kisan Suryodaya Yojana’. Under this scheme, farmers will be able to avail power supply from 5 AM to 9 PM. The state government has allocated a budget of Rs 3500 crore for installing transmission infrastructure under this scheme by 2023. 234 ‘66-Kilowatt’ transmission lines, with a total length of 3490 circuit kilometers (CKM) will be established under the project, in addition to 220 KV substations.

Speaking on the occasion, Modi said that Gujarat has always been an exemplary model for the determination and dedication of the common man. He added after the Sujalam-Suflam and Sauni scheme, Gujarat through the Kisan Suryoday Yojana has set a milestone in meeting the needs of the Gujarat Farmers. He added that the work done in Gujarat for years in the field of electricity has become the basis of this scheme. He said from power generation to transmission all the works were carried out in mission mode to improve the capacity in the state.

The PM further stated that in 2010 when the Solar Power Plant was inaugurated in Patan, nobody could have imagined that India would show the world the path for One Sun, One World, One Grid. And that he appreciates the fact that India has now reached 5th position in the world in the last few years in solar power and is advancing fast.

On Kisan Suryodaya Yojana the Prime Minister said, earlier most of the farmers got power for irrigation in the night only and had to wake up all night. In Girnar and Junagadh the farmers also face the problems of wild animals. Under the new scheme farmers will get 3 phase power supply from 5 AM to 9 PM.

He also lauded the efforts of the Gujarat government for doing this work by preparing a completely new capacity of transmission, without affecting the other existing systems. Under this scheme, about 3500 circuit kilometers of new transmission lines will be laid in the next 2-3 years and will be implemented in more than a thousand villages in the coming days and most of these villages are in tribal-dominated areas. He said it will change the lives of lakhs of farmers when entire Gujarat gets the power supply through this scheme.

He urged all stakeholders to work continuously in line with the changing times to help the farmers in doubling their income, by reducing their investment and overcoming their difficulties. He listed the initiatives of the Government to double the income of the farmers like the formation of thousands of FPOs, neem coating urea, Soil Health Cards, and launching of many new initiatives. He said under KUSUM yojana, FPOs, Panchayats, and all such organizations are assisted in setting up small solar plants on barren lands and that irrigation pumps of farmers are also connected to the solar energy. He added the electricity generated from this will be used by the farmers for their irrigation and they can sell the surplus power.

Modi also urged the farmers to reiterate the mantra of Per Drop More Crop as Kisan Suryodaya Yojana is being inaugurated. He said providing electricity during the day would help the farmers in setting up micro-irrigation and Kisan Suryodaya Yojana would help in the expansion of micro-irrigation in the state.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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