PSPCL launches pilot project under ‘Paani Bachoo, Paise Kamao’
Punjab power utility, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL), has launched pilot project of direct benefit transfer for electricity to agricultural consumers in the state under ‘Paani Bachoo, Paise Kamao’ (save water, earn money) scheme approved by the State Government.
Announcing this, PSPCL chairman-cum-managing director Baldev Singh Sran on Tuesday said that in the first phase, six pilot feeders in the districts of Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur have been selected for the scheme.
The main objective of this scheme is to save water and earn money, said Sran pointing that the ground water level has considerably gone down in Punjab, and the state may face many problems due to this water crisis. He added that this will be a “voluntary disclosure scheme” and it will not be forced on the consumers.
Elaborating, Sran said that in case a consumer consumes less electricity, Rs four per unit saved by him will be credited in his bank account. “For example, if a supply limit of a farmer is fixed 1,000 units per month, according to BHP capacity of his motor, and the farmer consumes 800 units, in that case, Rs 800 (Rs four per unit) will be directly credited into his bank account.
He said that if the consumption of the farmer exceeds the limit of per month units, consumer will not liable to pay any charges on this account and electricity will be supplied free of cost.Sran clarified that the farmers, who do not adopt this scheme, will be supplied electricity free of cost.
He added that those consumers who will voluntarily adopt this scheme, meters will be installed on their motors to keep record of the subsidy, however, no bills will be issued to them. “Consumers of these six feeders will be supplied electricity only during the day time,” he said adding that if more than 80 per cent of consumers on these feeders adopt this scheme, consumers falling in these areas will get additional supply of two hours.
Sran strongly appealed to save Punjab from water crisis by adopting the save water and earn money scheme of Punjab Government and play a vital role in saving power which will help to strengthen the economic condition of farmers.
Those farmers who will adopt ‘Paani Bachoo, Paise Kamao’ scheme, they will get top priorities under various agricultural schemes launched by the State Government, he added.
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