421 apply for CMSA Pump Scheme
The 10-day old scheme of Maharashtra Government of providing solar agriculture pump has received an overwhelming response from the farmers, especially from the Marathwada region.
Pune: The 10-day old scheme of Maharashtra Government of providing solar agriculture pump has received an overwhelming response from the farmers, especially from the Marathwada region. The scheme started under the Chief Minister’s Solar Agriculture (CMSA) Pump Scheme, has as many as 421 takers (farmers) from Pune division of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL).
From across the State, the department has received 8,685 applications till January 29. The Mahavitaran has a target of releasing 50,000 connections by March 2019. The scheme is getting good response across the State, informed the spokesperson Nishikant Raut.
“In some areas, there are permanent water resources but farmers find it difficult to get a regular connection. Farmers requiring connections from such areas will be immediately provided with the solar agriculture pump,” he said adding a user guide is also printed for the frequently asked question about the scheme and its being distributed everywhere.
“Apart from this, to make more and more farmers aware of the scheme, we are using WhatsApp as a medium. The chief engineers, superintending engineers and the executive engineers are using the social media to communicate with the farmers which is resulting into the huge response to the scheme,” said Raut.
“Mahavitaran has facilitated an independent portal on its website and has received 8,685 applications from the farmers (till January 29). Farmers from Marathwada region have given a very good response and 5,446 farmers have applied from this region till now. Mahavitaran has appealed to the farmers to take the benefit of the said scheme,” Raut added.