The Free Power scheme initiated by the YSR led Congress will be discontinued in a phased manner. This does not mean that the farmers are not taken into consideration.
The TS state government had drawn a smart plan to take care of this critically issue with a very ecofriendly solution.
The Telangana State government is spending around Rs 4800 crore per annum to supply free power to the farmers. This can be solved if the electric run pump sets of the farmers are replaced by the Solar driven Pump sets. The estimated cost to replace Pump sets of 18 lakh farmers in the region is Rs 54000 crores. This huge amount cannot be borne by the government at a time.
The plan is to seek help from the center and the world bank to fund the project. If this entire works the CM suggested that the farmers will not have to shell out anything from their side as this will be executed in the form of subsidy.