Punjab government on Wednesday demanded 80 percent on Solar water pumps from Indian government to tap maximum irrigation potential through non-conventional sources of energy for irrigation purposes in the state.
Punjab’s Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal after a meeting with Indian New and Renewable Energy ministr Farooq Abdullah, said that the Government of India (GoI) should enhance the subsidy on solar water pumps from 30 percent to 80 percent.
“Central government had been providing 80 percent subsidy on the benchmark price for solar water pumps as central financial assistance till 2004 but thereafter reduced it to 30 percent,” Badal said while urging the Union Minister to restore the earlier subsidy available to the farmers.
Badal also asked Abdullah to introduce Invertors and Battery backup system under existing scheme of solar water pumps to enable the farmers to utilize their existing AC motor setup instead of purchasing new DC motors which is not financially viable for them.
Badal also urged Union minister to release state’s share of Rs 285 crore at the earliest that was allotted for the development of non-conventional energy as per the 13th Finance Commission recommendations.
Meanwhile, Farooq Abdullah assured Badal that he will soon take up all these issues with the Prime Minister personally for early solution, especially of subsidy enhancement for solar water pumps.
“Our ministry has supported installation of Solar Power Plants on the roof tops of all the government buildings like offices, institutions, colleges, hostels and hospitals to provide uninterrupted power supply besides water heating systems to reduce the conventional power load,” Abdullah said while appreciating the efforts of the state government in popularizing the solar and bio-mass energy.