24/7 power supply to agriculture in 4 Rayalaseema districts

24-7 power to rayalaseema agriculture9 hours of quality power supply for agriculture is considered an achievement in most states. The fact is despite many state governments making tall statements on farm power supply, farmers hardly get 5-7 hours which is not enough for many areas dependent on ground water or even to draw water through motor pumps.
But in a landmark decision aimed at improving the lives of distressed farmers of Rayalaseema region, chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has directed the power utilities to ensure 24×7 supply in Kurnool, Kadapa, Anantapur and Chittoor districts. The uninterrupted power supply will continue until the time crops survive the dry spell sweeping across the state.

 

A rain gun in operation

Reviewing the serious crisis in the agriculture sector, particularly in the Rayalaseema region, with senior officials on Sunday , Babu said that continuous power supply would help farmers make use of rain guns to effectively sprinkle water on the wilting crops.“Do not take any chances.We should not allow the crops to go dry even in an acre,“ the CM directed. He said that putting all rain guns to use would surely help revive the crops which are fast drying up due to lack of rains.

Expressing his displeasure over the delay in supply of rain guns to farmers in time, Naidu asked the agriculture, power and revenue departments to work in tandem to bring life back into the crops. “Welfare of farmers is the top priority of the government. Take all steps to tackle dry spells,“ he said and asked the energy department to take steps to ensure free power round-the-clock for agriculture pump sets on a war foot basis.

Soon after receiving the CM’s instructions, energy principal secretary Ajay Jain held a review meeting with senior officials of the department including Transco managing director K Vijayanand, Genco advisor Ranganatham, CMD of SPDCL H Y Dora, CMD of EPDCL M M Nayak and other senior officials.

Although a preliminary roadmap to extend the duration of power supply to the agriculture sector has been readied at the meeting, the senior officials have decided to discuss the issue with the field level officers. Soon, instructions have been issued to all the superintending engineers of Discoms to prepare a detailed report on their requirements to ensure additional power supply immediately .

Besides receiving reports from SEs, the energy department also asked the district collectors to ready a blueprint for providing additional power supply to agriculture sector. “We have asked the district collectors to identify the places (mandals) where crops are going dry and rain guns have been put to use for providing additional power supply .

Once we get reports from the district collectors, we will swing into action,“ Jain told reporters. He said that they would consider giving supply to agriculture pump sets in the daytime without interruption after getting reports on demand. He said that they would take all possible measures to see that no crop is dried up due to shortage of power supply .

Transco JMD (finance) Dinesh Paruchuri and JMD (vigilance) P Umapathi were also present.

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